Environmental Sustainability and Decision-Making, Bachelor of Arts
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.
Opportunities for professionals with a background in environmental issues continue to grow in business, government, non-governmental and non-profit organizations, and institutions of every size. Students who graduate from the B.A. program in Environmental Sustainability and Decision-Making develop the research, analytical, and scientific thinking skill necessary for evaluating and reporting environmental impacts and policies, especially as related to economic growth and development. Practical experience gained through academic service learning and internships, as well as mentorship from faculty working in this field help students position themselves for careers in public administration, management, policy, and design and engineering firms, among others. The combination of the undergraduate major and further graduate study opens even more possibilities in writing, business, academia, urban and regional planning, law, education, and public health, just to name a few.
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.