Catholic University of America - School of Architecture and Planning
620 Michigan Ave., N.E
Washington, DC 20064
In June 2015, Pope Francis released an encyclical about climate change and our obligation to protect our environment. He stated, "We must regain the conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for others and the world, and that being good and decent are worth it." That sentiment is the spirit behind the Environmental Studies major at Catholic University.
Based in the School of Architecture and Planning, the Environmental Studies program looks at buildings in society; their impact and how we can minimize the risk and harm our man-made creations have on our natural environment. The overarching lesson taught in Environmental Studies is stewardship while building in our environment.
As an Environmental Studies major, you will take a variety of community building labs, along with architecture, biology, and engineering classes. Your classes will be interactive and provide opportunities to practice your knowledge in the field with the help of experienced faculty and instructors.
The Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies (BSES) recognizes the importance of sustainable development in today’s world and, given its location within the School of Architecture and Planning, is intended to give students an understanding of how our built environment impacts the natural environment.
The program curriculum is centered on four principle themes of environmental literacy: knowledge (factual and science-based knowledge); competency (skill-sets regarding doing or analyzing problems and solutions); behavior (inculcating practices into one’s own life or choices); disposition (belief that the topic is meaningful). The program also focusses on community engagement generated through environmental studies workshops which reinforce the social aspect of CUArch’s mission of Building Stewardship.
Students can also choose to pursue related minors in engineering, business and economics, sociology and management as a means of reinforcing the main theme of this program. Graduates from the B.S. Environmental Studies program might continue their graduate studies in our graduate Architecture, Facilities Management or City and Regional Planning programs. They would also be well equipped to seek jobs in government as well as non-governmental agencies that focus on the environment.