Environmental Studies Major

Students can complete the Environmental Studies major in its entirety at Kent State Stark.

Environmental Studies at Kent State StarkPROGRAM INTRODUCTION

The Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies prepares students to integrate concepts and knowledge on environmental issues from across multiple disciplines and to communicate about these in important ways. Basic scientific knowledge about environmental processes is used to inform different social goals. Students will develop a set of key competencies in earth systems science, environmental social science, human-natural systems and sustainability science to be able to solve specific environmental problems.

Students will take courses in biological sciences, economics, environmental studies, geology, geography, sociology, philosophy and political science.

Environmental Studies majors will

  • Cultivate strong writing skills as you compose policy papers, research reports, case studies and essays.
  • Develop presentation skills while you share research findings and environmental perspectives with classmates and faculty.
  • Learn how to take a position on an issue and defend your stance.
  • Understand concepts in biology, geology and physical geography.
  • Need both quantitative and qualitative skills to solve problems and interpret research data.
  • Become proficient in the human aspect of the environment, how people impact the natural world, and interpreting this world for others.

Environmental Studies graduates will

  • Understand the environment and how it relates to human activity, human resource needs and human cognition.
  • Grasp the interconnections between environmental and human systems and how those play out in particular problem areas.
  • Articulate how environmental problems are framed and how public attitudes and policies can be harnessed to provide solutions to environmental degradation.