St. Olaf College - Environmental Studies Program
1520 St. Olaf Ave.
Northfield, MN 55057
Through rigorous work in the classroom and lab, across the campus community, and within the community at large, Environmental Studies cultivates a comprehensive understanding of the relationship between humans and their environment as informed by the interdisciplinary study of natural sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. We strive to contribute to an informed perspective on biological and physical processes, responsible policy and practice, imaginative thinking, and ethical reflection in both local and global communities.
Environmental Studies at St. Olaf offers both a major and a concentration. As an interdisciplinary department, its curriculum draws on faculty and courses from across the campus. The Department’s strengths arise from faculty and participants’ grounding in traditional disciplines, and an interdisciplinary perspective on the relationship between humans and the environment derived from course work and hands-on experiences.
Environmental Studies combines the strengths of disciplinary work in the contributing departments together with interdisciplinary studies, giving both broad and focused perspectives on environmental problems and issues. The Environmental Studies Department offers a Major in Environmental Studies with three areas of emphasis in which students may choose to focus their work: Natural Science, Social Science and Arts and Humanities. In many cases work in these areas of emphasis overlaps with traditional departmental curricula, and students may choose to complete a second major there.
All students majoring in Environmental Studies will take a common introductory course in environmental studies, complete an experiential component during their studies, and take a capstone course. Additional coursework provides both breadth and depth within a track and emphasizes the multidimensionality of environmental study. Students wishing to count courses not specifically designated as satisfying requirements for the major may petition the Chair prior to enrollment.