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 culture, art, economics, history, biology, and the physical sciences.

Courses across 11 departments allow students to discover the links between the scientific, social and cultural elements that contribute to national and global environmental issues. With the help of faculty perspectives and expertise, students come to areas of focus including 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 preserving the local watershed. 

Environmental Studies Statement on Environmental Racism and Justice

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Program Highlights

  • An integrative understanding of the cultural, economic, political, social, and scientific elements of environmental issues
  • Ethical and social justice issues relating to the environment
  • Role of economic and social policy to address our environmental crisis
  • Natural and human causes and effects of climate change
  • Influence of urbanization on the environment 
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Conduct research and fieldwork with program faculty whose work spans numerous disciplines.

Semester Away and Study Abroad

Take part in a semester or year abroad experience focused on the environment — on land or at sea.

Internship and Volunteer Opportunities

Numerous hands-on learning opportunities are available at area environmental non-profit agencies.

Environmental Studies News

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31 Holy Cross Students Inducted Into Jesuit Honor Society
Thirty-one Holy Cross students were inducted into Alpha Sigma Nu,  the Jesuit honor society founded in 1915, at a virtual ceremony held recently. The new inductees exemplify the society’s values of excellence in scholarship, loyalty and service.  Selection to Alpha …
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Holy Cross Named Among Top ‘Green’ Colleges in the Country for 11th Consecutive Year
For the 11th consecutive year, the College of the Holy Cross has been recognized as one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges, according to The Princeton Review, receiving a “Green Rating” score of 88 out of 99.  In its …
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Tracing and Celebrating Indigenous Roots at the College of the Holy Cross
It is a well-known story that Holy Cross was formally established by the Jesuits in 1843, on land that college founder Bishop Benedict J. Fenwick, S.J. purchased for $1,500. The fact that the land was originally home to the Nipmuc, …