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Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies: Major, Minor

Environmental Studies explores contemporary and past environmental issues, including a hands-on examination of their causes, mechanisms and effects. The program investigates local, national and global issues through a multi-disciplinary study of economics, history, biology, and the physical sciences.

Through an array of courses across 11 departments and with the help of various faculty perspectives and expertise, students discover the linkage of scientific, social, and cultural elements that contribute to the understanding of national and global environmental issues. Areas of focus include the natural and human causes and effects of climate change, the influence of urbanization on the environment, the role of policy and economics in solving environmental problems, and the ethical and social justice issues related to the environment. Working directly with faculty and community partners, students go beyond the classroom to address current issues facing the local Worcester community such as sustaining a healthy urban ecosystem and local watershed. 

Program Highlights

Students can enrich their self-designed curriculum by:
  • Participating in a study abroad experience featuring field-based learning and research through the School for Field Studies
  • Lending a hand to restore the Blackstone River and improve the health of the Blackstone River Watershed through the Blackstone River Coalition 
  • Joining the student driven Environmental Concerns Organization, or Eco-Action, dedicated to the promotion of conservation through education and local action
  • Contributing to the Holy Cross partnership with Greener U to coordinate environmental outreach initiatives on campus 

Environmental Studies News

Hunter Gutt '23

Blog: Gutt ’23 Excited to Get Involved on Campus During First Year at Holy Cross

Oct 11, 2019

Name: Hunter Gutt ’23 Hometown: Petoskey, Michigan Interested in studying: Architectural studies, biology and environmental studies Activities: The Spire Why did you choose Holy Cross? “I chose Holy Cross for its small student-to-teacher ratio, incredibly supportive alumni network and approach to a well-rounded education.” What are you most …