Environmental Studies: Policy, Culture & Society

The environmental studies:policy, culture and society (PCS) major offers students an interdisciplinary curriculum to explore the political, social and cultural aspects of how human beings perceive and relate to the environment. Students engage in a core of courses in the humanities, social sciences and natural sciences, with advanced study in a concentration area (economics, history, philosophy or politics and government). Students who complete this major have a deep understanding of their concentration area, informed by complementary study of environmental issues.

Program Highlights

  • Explore an interdisciplinary core of courses in the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities.
  • Choose advanced study in a concentration, such as economics, history, philosophy or politics and government.
  • Complete a structured thesis process within the concentration area, supporting students’ professional-level investigations.
  • Build an undergraduate foundation for further pursuit of fields such as environmental law or public policy.

Research, Scholarship and Internships

Students have a variety of opportunities to broaden their experience and explore different fields in
Environmental Studies through internships and research programs.

Opportunities Available



Students take an interdisciplinary core of courses in natural science, social science and humanities, along with advanced courses in a concentration area of their choice, including economics, history, philosophy or politics and government. Students complete the senior project/thesis process within their concentration area with readers in both the concentration area and the environmental studies major.

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