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

Social sustainability on university campuses

Southwestern University Nominated for a 2020 AASHE Sustainability Award

Selected from more than 400 applicants, SU is a finalist for the award based on its published research regarding the sustainability of higher-education institutions.

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The outreach project Wander Like Water was born: the Houstons would produce videos for YouTube and social media in which they would showcase not just their travels but also educate viewers about how each water source they’d visit “has a story, an issue, or a threat.”

Wander Like Water

Southwestern alumni adventurers raise awareness about water and educate the public about sustainability.

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"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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Environmental Studies News

Covid-19: Apocalypse or Dystopia?

Scholarly Perspectives on COVID-19, Part 8: Apocalypse or Dystopia?

Professor and Elizabeth Root Paden Chair in Religion and Environmental Studies Laura Hobgood shares how COVID-19 has shaped the conversation in her Apocalypse seminar.

The Capitol at night in fall 2020.

An Uncertain Semester in DC

Political science and environmental studies double major Keith Rupe ’22 makes the most of an anxiety-filled semester through public organizing in the nation’s capital.

Southwestern partnered with MHSC Energy Management to replace lights in the Robertson Center with LEDs in December 2020.

Southwestern University’s Robertson Center Receives LED Lighting Upgrades

SU continues to honor its commitment to sustainability and reduced energy consumption.