Bard College - Department of Environmental and Urban Studies

ID# 000601
30 Campus Rd
Annandale On Hudson, NY 12504
United States
854-758-6822 (Main Phone)
Description
The Environmental and Urban Studies (EUS) program is designed to allow students to engage intellectually with people across disciplines, as well as to acquire practical skill sets and hands-on experience addressing urban and environmental challenges. Students take several rigorous interdisciplinary and disciplinary core courses, complete an internship and a practicum, and attend the EUS colloquium. To balance transdisciplinary breadth with depth in a particular discipline, each student also takes intermediate and advanced courses in a chosen Focus Area. Expertise developed through the Focus Area studies (particularly during the Junior year) prepares the student for the Senior Project.

Program Focus Areas Include:

• Agriculture & Food Systems
• Urban & Regional Studies
• Ecology & Conservation
• Environment, Culture, & Society
• Environmental Economics, Policy, & Development
• Environmental Science & Health
• Sustainable Systems
• Environmental Communications

Finding workable solutions for environmental and urban problems requires a broad set of methodologies. Both biogeophysical systems and human societies (cultures, economies, political regimes) are nested complex systems. Environmental and Urban Studies (EUS) is an interdisciplinary program that examines the interdependence of human societies and the physical environment. The program strives to ensure that majors have a solid background in the physical sciences, humanities, economics, and policy. It also aims to enhance students’ understanding of the complexities of environmental and urban issues and their awareness of interrelationships between built and “natural” environments.

The program allows students to engage intellectually with people across disciplines, and acquire practical skill sets and hands-on experience addressing urban and environmental challenges. Students take several rigorous interdisciplinary and disciplinary core courses, complete an internship and a practicum, and attend the EUS Colloquium. To balance transdisciplinary breadth with depth in a particular discipline, students also take intermediate and advanced courses in a chosen focus area. Expertise developed through focus area studies prepares the student for the Senior Project.
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