Why environmental studies? If you are concerned about environmental issues at home and around the world, and want to gain knowledge and develop skills to address those problems, the Middlebury program in environmental studies is a good place to start.
Environmental solutions cannot come from one type of knowledge or way of thinking, not just from politics or chemistry or economics or history. They will come instead from leaders, thinkers, and innovators who can draw skills and knowledge from multiple fields of knowledge and work with teams of thinkers from every corner of the campus and the globe.
Our students take courses from across the curriculum to build an interdisciplinary understanding of the human relationship to the environment. Each major chooses one focus out of thirteen in which to focus about half of their coursework within the major. The thirteen foci include: policy, architecture, chemistry, economics, creative arts, literature, geography, conservation biology, nonfiction writing, human ecology, history, geology, and religion/philosophy.
Two-thirds of all environmental studies majors also study abroad for one semester at schools and programs across Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America, and Australia.