Why Environmental Studies?

If you are fascinated by the natural world and worried about its long-term future, Environmental Studies is the right major for you!

Environmental Studies is among the most popular majors across the country. This major appeals to undergraduate students who are interested in studying different aspects of the environment, who want to make a difference, who are eager to take on the environmental challenges that face every business, agency, and institution, and who seek to be stewards of the earth’s natural resources.

An Environmental Studies degree will allow you to study different aspects of the environment, it will provide curricular flexibility, and should lead to solid job prospects.

As an Environmental Studies major, you will:

  • Grasp the multiple interconnections between environmental and human systems when it comes to examining environmental problems
  • Understand the science of the environment, but be able to articulate this in education, communication, policy making, and advocacy
  • Become proficient in the human aspect of the environment, how people impact the natural world, and in interpreting this world for others
  • Develop presentation and writing skills while you share research findings and environmental
  • Articulate how environmental problems are framed and how public attitudes and policies can be harnessed to provide solutions to environmental degradation

What Kent State Offers:

  • The BA in Environmental Studies integrates concepts and knowledge across multiple disciplines.
  • You take courses in both natural sciences and social sciences
  • You have MANY opportunities to expand your knowledge, skills, and connections with minors, internships, special events
  • his major is built on FLEXIBILITY
  • There are six core classes that every student must take, including three courses that also count as Kent Core classes.  The rest of the curriculum is designed to help you pursue your individual goals.
  • Because of its flexibility, many Environmental Students take on additional minors and sometimes even double major in a related field.

What careers can I have with this major?

  • Environmental Consultant
  • Environmental Educator
  • Public Relations Specialist
  • Environmental Journalist
  • Fundraiser for Environmental Causes
  • Environmental Attorney
  • Sustainability Specialist
  • Environmental Policy Analyst
  • Environment/Conservation Planner
  • Environmental Specialist
  • Natural Resource Manager

Environmental Studies vs. Environmental Science

The study of environmental science focuses mostly on the more technical aspects rather than the social aspects of various environmental issues. 

By contrast, environmental studies is a social science degree and looks more to how humans influence and are influenced by the environment.

For more information contact:

Dr. David H. Kaplan
Director of Environmental Studies
Professor of Geography
440 McGilvrey Hall