At the heart of Southwestern’s Environmental Studies program lies a list of provocative and urgent questions that students will be challenged to investigate.
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
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.Read Full Story
Environmental Studies News
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.READ FULL STORY
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.READ FULL STORY
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.READ FULL STORY
Environmental Studies Events
Come learn more about SU’s Environmental Studies Program, the major and minor, and what courses we will be offering in Spring 2019. All are welcome! This lunch will be serving Jimmy John’s pizza, with plenty of vegetarian options and a vegan option.FIND OUT MORE
Through the exploration of geo-therapy strategies, Dirt Rich presents timely solutions to reverse the effects of runaway global warming by re-stabilizing atmospheric carbon levels through the return of carbon to the soil, simultaneously solving two of the most challenging environmental problems of our time.FIND OUT MORE