Year Founded: Jan. 1, 1993
Date Posted: Feb. 25, 2016
Submitted by: Monika Urbanski
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Baccalaureate degree
Completion: 4 years with summers off
Distance: Distance Education
Commitment: Full-Time


For students tired of the BS options around environmental issues, the BA offers an exciting alternative. Offering both a Major and a Minor option, the Environmental Studies degree offers students the opportunity to develop their knowledge base, critical thinking skills and build a toolkit of relevant applied skills that will prepare them to understand and work towards solving critical environmental issues facing Canada and the world. The Major in Environmental StudiesThe BA in Environmental Studies Major has as its focus the development of environmental citizenship within its students. Environmental citizens are interested in and curious about environmental and ecological challenges in the world and the roles they might play in solving these challenges. The Major offers students an interdisciplinary foundation for understanding the complex social roots of environmental issues, and the interactions and intersections of politics, social theory, ethics and worldviews as they impact ecological systems. Several foci offer students the opportunity to develop an expertise in one of several areas, including Global Perspectives, Indigenous Worldviews, an introduction to Environmental Sciences, and Community Development. Students also take courses to develop practical skills in the use of GIS, social research, public engagement and consultation and working with Indigenous peoples. A required Internship in the fourth year of study offers the opportunity to both apply acquired skills and knowledge and to gain experience in a relevant work environment. A significant number of Elective credits allow the student to either round out their educational experiences or to add a Minor to their degree. The opportunity to study environmental issues and their social basis in a smaller northern community surrounded by a largely natural setting is an unparalleled opportunity in Canada, offering both a beautiful setting and hundreds of opportunities for hands-on study.

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