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.


Romi Burks

Professor of Biology



Romi Burks

Professor of Biology

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


Professor of Religion Dr. Laura Hobgood’s Book “A Dog’s History of the World” Featured in Psychology Today

Dr. Hobgood was recently interviewed in an article on her 2014 book A Dog’s History of the World: Canines and the Domestication of Humans.

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.

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.