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

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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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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Environmental Studies News

Southwestern also partnered with Lippert Components to equip the rooms in Brown and Moody–Shearn with EnviroSpring Mattresses, which are made from 100% recyclable materials and are also manufactured using zero-waste practices.

Sustainable Furniture Comes to Southwestern

Rooms in two residence halls will be furnished with environmentally friendly bed frames, dressers, desks, and mattresses.

Climate Strike

Supporting Environmental Activism and Personal Growth on Campus

Members reflect on how Students for Environmental Activism and Knowledge (SEAK) inspires and educates them beyond the classroom.

Southwestern University - A 2019 Tree Campus USA®

In Good Company: Building a Climate of Sustainability at SU

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” —Archbishop Desmond Tutu