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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 of the following foci:

Arts Foci:

  • Environmental Dance
  • Environmental Studies-Architecture joint major
  • Environmental Studio Art
  • Environmental Theatre

Humanities Foci:

  • Environmental History
  • Environmental Literature
  • Environmental Writing
  • Religion, Philosophy and the Environment

Natural Science Foci:

  • Conservation Biology (Environmental Studies-Biology joint major)
  • Environmental Studies-Chemistry joint major
  • Environmental Geology joint major

Social Science Foci:

  • Conservation Psychology
  • Environmental Economics
  • Environmental Justice
  • Environmental Policy
  • Environmental Studies-Anthropology joint major
  • Environmental Studies-Geography joint major

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.

Program in Environmental Studies

Franklin Environmental Center at Hillcrest
531 College Street
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753