Why Study Environmental Studies?
Learning about the environment offers opportunities to integrate studies of nature and natural systems with those of human systems, and to bring both into dialogue with a humanistic understanding of ideas and values. Environmental studies also offer tools and knowledge with which to respond to many of the greatest challenges facing humanity in the coming century. We live in an increasingly endangered and altered world: plants and animals are driven to extinction; ecosystems are threatened; the climate is changing; and human communities live with the realities of overpopulation, pollution and the loss of clean water. The study of the environment is a response to these global challenges.
Why Study Environmental Studies at PLU?
At PLU, the Environmental Studies Program invites students to explore connections, to understand causes and consequences of environmental problems, and to train for possible careers in a wide variety of environmental fields. Specifically, we educate to engage actively and critically the complex relationships between people and the environment, drawing upon integrated and interdisciplinary perspectives. Those graduating with a major in Environmental Studies will be able to contribute to the wider community by: