Majors & Minors

Environmental Studies


At the heart of Southwestern’s Environmental Studies program lies a list of provocative and urgent questions that students will be challenged to investigate.


Josh Long

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies



Josh Long

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies
Environmental Studies

What is humankind’s relationship to its environment?

How do natural systems operate?

What are some of today’s most pressing environmental issues?

How do we address the complicated issue of environmental justice? 

What are key environmental issues on the Southwestern campus and in Central Texas?

From these starting points, environmental studies students will begin an examination of the world around them that will continue through their time at Southwestern and into their lives beyond the classroom.


Featured Alumni Stories

"Cruising in an incredible exercise in team building. Confined living space, stressful situations, moments of pure bliss—it’s all a recipe for bringing you closer with your cruising partner/s."

Emma Davis ’14 Is on a Boat!

The environmental studies major is sailing around the world while practicing sustainable living.

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Kira McEntire '13

The Science and Art of Salamanders

Kira McEntire ’13 explores creative expression while teaching and researching wildlife biology.

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Vanessa Toro Barragan '12

Alumna heads to MIT for graduate study in city planning

A biology and environmental studies graduate, Vanessa Toro Barragan ’12 seeks to tackle climate change at the intersections of science and social justice. The flexible and interdisciplinary Master in City Planning (MCP) program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) will allow her to do just that.

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Environmental Studies News

Southwestern University to be recognized as a leader in green energy for the eighth year in a row

EPA Recognizes Southwestern University As 2017-18 College and University Green Power Conference Champion

Southwestern University beat our conference rivals by using more than 18 million kilowatt-hours (kWh) of green power, representing 100 percent of the school’s annual electricity use.

Dr. Joshua Long, associate professor of environmental studies

It’s Not Easy Being Green

Southwestern Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Joshua Long explores the social-justice impacts of cities implementing climate-resilient policy and planning.

Students rehearsing A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum under environmentally friendly stage lights.

Southwestern Featured in Smithsonian Magazine

A recent Smithsonian article, “ Is a Texas Town the Future of Renewable Energy?”  wonderfully highlighted our city’s and Southwestern’s commitment to sustainability. 



Environmental Studies Events

The True Cost Poster

Georgetown Green Film Series: The True Cost

A documentary screening of The True Cost followed by a panel discussion.