A Study of the Environment, Connectivity, and the World Around Us

Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on the relationships between humans and the environment. Managing the environment requires interdisciplinary tools and knowledge about natural systems, human institutions, beliefs and values, and the dissemination of these ideas through business, education, nursing and other professions.

Within the environmental studies curriculum, the social sciences provide perspectives on the environment from a human point of view, balancing the ecological perspectives contributed by the natural sciences with the economic and political aspects of human society.

Courses in the humanities bring the insights of religion and ethics as well as a body of literature and artistic appreciation that connect the natural world to human sensibility.

Natural sciences bring the insights of biologists, chemists, and geoscientists to studies of human interaction with the natural ecosystems, seeking answers to complex, inter-related problems of resources, population and pollution in an effort to care for the world we live in.

Junior and senior-level environmental studies courses draw on these diverse disciplines to integrate understandings of and solutions to environmental problems.

Fall Gathering 2020

Learn more about our major’s signature courses, about the value of interdisciplinarity, about ENVT Capstone projects, and much more from our amazing alumni and current majors, who shared their experiences at this year’s Fall Gathering.

Earth Day Lectures

Each spring semester, Environmental Studies coordinates the PLU Earth Day Lecture. Our speakers have included prominent scholars, noted activists, and political leaders.

Learn more about Earth Day Lectures
Experiential Learning

Environmental Studies includes an experiential component, which might mean an internship, research with faculty, or an environmental focus in employment.

Learn more about Experiential Learning