Bachelor of Arts Degree in Environmental Studies and Sustainability
Modern society faces a plethora of environmental problems—from air and water pollution, to a loss of biodiversity, to urban sprawl and global warming. These are global issues: decisions on environmental use and protection in one country affect environmental use and protection in all other countries.
Technical, scientific approaches are certainly required to solve these issues but they are not enough: we must also address the complex social, cultural, economic and political factors that influence society’s understanding and adoption of these solutions. Combatting global warming, for instance, requires that society first acknowledge that such environmental problems exist. Affected groups must be fully aware of and invested in technical solutions, or else the burden of environmental degradation is shifted onto the poor, less educated and less organized. Our world needs leaders who can discover and implement societal solutions to environmental problems.
The BA in Environmental Studies and Sustainability is for students who want to address contemporary environmental issues from the perspective of the humanities. Graduates will have a firm foundation in international studies and foreign language so that they can participate in cross-cultural dialogue and help people around the world understand environmental issues.
By taking courses alongside their classmates in the Environmental Science and Geoscience programs, BA students will gain a valuable background in field research and the basics of environmental sampling. This technical expertise will complement the liberal arts skills they will gain in communication, collaboration, creative and critical thinking, leadership, and—equally important—optimism. Through Drexel’s Co-op program, they will gain the competitive edge of occupation-specific skills and knowledge and a sense of professionalism.
The Department of Labor predicts that environmental science and policy careers will grow by 19% per year through 2020. Graduates of the BA in Environmental Studies and Sustainability will be prepared to work in government agencies, corporations and nonprofits that develop, implement or are affected by environmental policies. This major is for individuals who seek careers and/or additional academic training in the following or similar fields:
- Sustainability planning and implementation
- Urban, Regional and Community Planning
- Geographic Information Systems
- Environmental Communications
- Environmental Journalism
- Environmental Law
- Park Management and Outdoor Recreation
- Environmental Consulting
- Environmental Policy Analysis
Bachelor of Arts Degree: 184 credits
Plan of Study
Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and Sustainability: 5 Year, 3 Co-op Option