Carleton College - Department of Environmental Studies

ID# 000615
One North College Street
Northfield, MN 55057
United States
507-222-4000 (Main Phone)
The central mission of Carleton’s Environmental Studies Program is to educate the next generation of environmental scholars and professionals in the fundamental scientific, ecological, social, ethical, political, and economic dimensions of environmental issues. The program aims to cultivate a truly interdisciplinary perspective, with a strong emphasis on critical thinking combined with hands-on laboratory and field research reaching across all divisions of the College. It values and facilitates opportunities for research projects, internships and other work experiences, and off-campus studies.

The interdisciplinary ENTS major emphasizes:

• Interdisciplinary integration across the social and natural sciences, humanities, and the arts
• Quantitative literacy and spatial analysis
• Collaborative work
• Communication of research results to the public
• Problem-oriented service learning and civic engagement projects
• Place-based learning
• Internships and other work experiences
• Off-campus studies programs

The complexities of environmental problems dictate that study of the environment be based in multiple disciplines to provide students with skill sets and knowledge bases in the following areas: scientific principles as applied to the environment, the political, economic, social and cultural dimensions of environmental problems, the historical and ethical context for environmental problems and policy, and literary and artistic explorations of the environment. Students who major in Environmental Studies can gain a broad grounding in all of these areas, which is intended to help them understand the complex environmental issues faced by societies around the world.
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