Environmental Studies (Social Science), Bachelor of Arts
The 126-credit Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies 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.
Opportunities for professionals with a background in environmental issues continue to grow in government at every level, businesses large and small, industry of every kind, and institutions of every design. Graduates with a degree in environmental studies may pursue careers as writers, journalists, business entrepreneurs, community organizers, social scientists, urban and regional planners, attorneys, educators, public health experts, and park or museum curators and managers, to name a few.
Students who graduate from the B.A. program in Environmental Studies develop the speaking, writing, research, and scientific thinking skill necessary for describing, reporting, and addressing environmental issues. Practical experience gained through volunteer work and internships, as well as mentorship from faculty and networking opportunities help students position themselves for careers related to this field.
Global Approach to Education
St. John’s offers students an international academic experience through study abroad courses during the academic year as well as the winter and summer semesters. Students can live and learn at the University’s Rome, Italy campus and Paris, France location. For more information about studying abroad, please visit Global Studies.
In addition to the opportunity to work with internationally-renowned faculty on research projects, students in the Environmental Studies program may develop academically and professionally by joining the available student clubs, organizations, and honor societies pertaining to their major.
The Earth Club works to improve the environment and build campus awareness of environmental issues. Club members participate in the University’s Organic Food Garden and help recycle through technologies such as the A500 Rocket® model food composter, which St. John’s is the first university to implement.
Environmental Studies students also gain practical experience from program field trips to Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC) Wetlands Nature Preserve and Windmill Pond Ecological Restoration Project, as well as through internships at leading agencies and corporations throughout the metropolitan area. For more information about these sites and specific internship opportunities, please contact the program director, Dianella G. Howarth.