Environmental Studies, Bachelor of Arts

126 Credits
St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Queens Campus


The 126-credit Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Sustainability and Decision-Making emphasizes social sciences and the humanities, with a special focus on philosophical and theological perspectives. The interdisciplinary program allows students to examine the critical issues of climate change, pollution, and sustainability from moral, political, social, and scientific perspectives, while also developing the skills necessary to succeed in careers related to these fields. 

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Admission requirements for the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Environmental Studies are identical to those currently outlined for admission to a four-year degree in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at St. John’s.

For more information about admission to this and other undergraduate programs at St. John’s University, please visit Undergraduate Admission online. Or contact us directly at the campus of your choice:

Admission Office - Queens Campus


Admission Office -  Staten Island campus

Contact Information
Dianella G. Howarth
Director and Associate Professor

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Career Outcomes

All students take advantage of St. John’s location in dynamic New York City. Our faculty and Career Center have strong ties to employers and other professional and educational resources throughout the New York area. Students make New York their classroom through innovative courses like Discover New York.

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Global Approach to Education

Students also benefit from St. John's focus on an international academic experience. The University offers extensive study abroad courses during the academic year as well as the winter and summer semesters. Students can live and learn at St. John's Rome, Italy, campus and Paris, France, location. 

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Additional Information

Students majoring in Environmental Studies (Social Science) at St. John's gain a solid foundation in the theory and application of the environmental sciences in relation to social and ethical issues. They learn and are mentored by an enormously gifted, internationally known faculty of scholar-teachers who care about each student's progress.

Environmental Studies majors enhance their education by joining the Earth Club, which works to improve the environment and build campus awareness. Club members participate in the University’s Organic Food Garden and help recycle through technologies such as the A500 Rocket® model food composter technology.  St. John’s is the first university to employ this technology.

Environmental Studies students also have access to practical experience with departmental field trips to Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC) Wetlands Nature Preserve and Windmill Pond Ecological Restoration Project as well as acclaimed internships at leading agencies and corporations throughout the metropolitan area.

A strong academic and professional edge can be gained by joining any of St. John's other more than 180 student clubs, organizations and honor societies. Organizations of particular interest to Environmental Studies majors include these:

  • Roger Bacon Scientific Honors Society: Honor society for biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, psychology or environmental studies
  • Omicron Delta Epsilon:  International honor society for economics
  • Alpha Zappa Delta: International honor society

The Skull and Circle Honor Society and the Lambda Kappa Phi Honor Society annually select students from St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences who combine scholarship, integrity and dedicated service to the St. John's community.

Every student at St. John's benefits from outstanding University-wide facilities and resources. For example, all new students receive their own wireless laptop computer with full access to the University's award-winning network.

Other facilities include high-tech classrooms, laboratories and our 1.7 million-volume University Library. Our new D’Angelo Center is a five-story, 127,000-square-foot University and Student Center with classrooms, lecture halls, a Starbucks Café and a full-service food court.


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Success Story

Nurul Alia’a Harun ’14C
At the United Nations, SJU Student Makes a Difference