BA in Environmental Studies & Sustainability
The Environmental Studies and Sustainability (ESS) program provides students with the in-depth knowledge, multidisciplinary perspectives, and critical skills needed to address the complex environmental problems of today and of the future. The ESS major explores disruptions to Earth’s global life-support systems, threats to biotic and human communities, the challenge of environmental justice, and both the obstacles to and the promise of environmental sustainability.
The major is designed with considerable flexibility so that students may pursue a wide range of interests and careers, such as research, environmental law, non-profit work, consulting, and work with state and federal environmental agency work at the state or federal level. Within their ESS major, students may elect the Environmental Science Option, which emphasizes appropriate skills and experiences for science-oriented careers and graduate study.
Integral to the major is an experiential requirement which can be met through relevant academic internships, study abroad, field research, civic engagement, and other appropriate activities. The program and Drew University’s Academic Internship Office help students locate opportunities. Experiential work must be approved in advance by the program director and must be completed before the start of the last semester of study.