Overview

Environmental Studies at The College of Wooster

The Environmental Studies Program at Wooster engages students with environmental issues both inside and outside the classroom, at both local and global levels. Resources available to students include a campus garden, visiting speakers, connections to local researchers and facilities at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center, and opportunities to get involved in faculty research, campus sustainability initiatives, and internships both on and off campus. Recent students have worked with urban gardening initiatives in Cleveland, environmental education centers, environmental writing, and a variety of off-campus study options that expose them to environmental concerns and initiatives in other parts of the world.
Students majoring in Environmental Studies choose from four different pathways to give their interdisciplinary major a coherence and focus. Those pathways are:

  • Environmental Humanities
  • Environment and Society
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Sustainable Food Systems

Although pathways are focused around a central theme, students get the full breadth of an interdisciplinary program, by taking ENVS courses and and cross-listed courses across all the academic divisions.

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Faculty

Iemanja Brown

Iemanja Brown

Visiting Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

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Susan Clayton

Susan Clayton

Whitmore-Williams Professor of Psychology

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Erum Haider

Erum Haider

Assistant Professor of Political Science; Environmental Studies

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Jennifer Ison

Jennifer Ison

Associate Professor of Biology

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Beth Lingenfelter

Beth Ligenfelter

Administrative Coordinator - Biology, Environmental Studies, Neuroscience

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Matthew Mariola

Matthew Mariola

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

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Carlo Moreno

Carlo Moreno

Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies

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Greg Wiles

Gregory Wiles

Schoolroy Chair of Natural Resources; Professor of Earth Sciences; Archaeology

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Latest News

Susan Clayton

Professor discusses climate change and mental health on ABC News

On July 11, Susan Clayton, Whitmore-Williams Professor of Psychology at The College of Wooster, appeared in an ABC News segment to discuss the negative impacts of […]

Carlo Moreno, assistant professor of environmental studies

Environmental Studies professor collaborates with local lavender farm on joint research project

This summer Carlo Moreno, assistant professor of environmental studies at The College of Wooster, is teaming up with Jim and Amy Duxbury, owners of […]

Mika Yonaha '21

Student-designed major works as experience designer in Tokyo

Mika Yonaha ’21 helped develop new programs for children to adapt to COVID-19 pandemic

Dragon Nest: Immersive Experience Design

Name: Mika Yonaha Self-designed Major: Digital Design of Entertainment Environments Advisors: Dr. Bridget Murphy Milligan, Dr. Nathan Sommer I have designed an interior space […]

Major

Environmental Studies majors become knowledgeable about core scientific concepts that are relevant to the environment; able to understand different ways of assessing the value of the natural environment; comfortable with different means of examining and communicating about the environment; and familiar with the ways in which social institutions contribute to environmental problems and potential solutions to those problems. They should also understand their own roles within the human-environment relationship.

To complete a major, students choose 13 courses that span environmental science, economics, communications, psychology, various humanities options, and other science courses. All students at The College of Wooster complete two semesters of independent study under the guidance of a faculty mentor and their research is used to build a thesis delivered in spring semester of their senior year.

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Minor

Environmental Studies minors are knowledgeable about core scientific concepts that allow them to understand ecological processes and change. They are able to understand different ways of assessing the value of the natural environment and be comfortable with different means of examining and communicating about the environment; and familiar with the ways in which social institutions contribute to environmental problems and may be utilized for solutions to those problems. They should also understand their own roles as actors within the human-environment relationship. The environmental studies minor will complement a major in a traditional department so that students will combine a detailed understanding of the knowledge and methods within a discipline with a focus on a particular topic.

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Independent Study

All students at The College of Wooster complete independent study on a topic of their choice under the guidance of a faculty mentor. The research becomes the basis of a thesis delivered in spring semester of each student’s senior year.

 

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Alumni

Environmental Studies majors have access to internships and hand-on learning in college that leads to job offers and career paths after graduation.


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Dekila Chungyalpa ’98

Self-designed environmental studies major tackles issues at cross-section of faith and environment

Dekila Chungyalpa ’98 incorporates interests and skills she developed at Wooster into a lifelong commitment to environmentalism.

Aaron Levy '16

Political Science major co-founds environmental company

Aaron Levy ’16 tailored his degree to find the intersection of environmental studies and political science

Rita Frost

Environmental studies alumna learns to focus her “interdisciplinary lens”

As advocate for social change, Rita Frost ’14 combined her majors and involvement to engage her passion