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

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

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Oh The Places You’ll Go on the GoGeo

Have you heard? The GoGeo Bus is FREE for SU students, staff, and faculty! You may be wondering… what all can you do on the bus? Well, we got you covered! Learn about the places you’ll go on the GoGeo!

The Princeton Review

Southwestern Featured in the 2018 Edition of the The Princeton Review Guide To 399 Green Colleges

SU is once again recognized for its commitment to sustainability.

Dirt Rich

Southwestern Hosts Screening of Dirt Rich and a Q&A with Filmmaker Marcelina Cravat

The award-winning film—a powerful documentary about using regenerative agricultural practices, reforestation, and conservation strategies to combat climate change—comes to campus on Nov. 8.