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Environmental Studies

Students who wish to learn about the environment from the perspective of the social sciences and humanities may choose a major or combined major in environmental studies. This field of study is rooted in the liberal arts tradition of diversity and critical thought and requires coursework in the politics, anthropology, sociology and psychology of the environment as well environmental economics. In addition to a hands-on natural science, students may choose to study ecological history, religion and the environment and/or the application of philosophical ethics to the natural world.

Students majoring in environmental studies also receive credit for experiential learning that may consist of study abroad, an internship or independent study arranged with an affiliated instructor.

This interdisciplinary major or combined major helps prepare students for careers in government, public advocacy, consulting, or for graduate study in law or other fields involving environmental issues.

Students interested in this major should contact Professor Barty Thompson, Director of the Environmental Studies Major (Sociology-Anthropology Department) or Professor Brian Jennings (Sociology-Anthropology Department).

Major in Environmental Studies

Required Courses (Only one course, beyond the Quantitative Reasoning Statistics course, can be counted toward General Studies Foundations requirements)

All of the following core courses

  • ESS 101 Introduction to Environmental Issues
  • ESS 400 Environment Seminar
  • ECO 224 Environmental Economics
  • POL 321 Environment Policy
  • ANT/PSY 265 Ecological Psychology
  • SOC 291 Environmenal Sociology
  • ESS 325 GIS

One general course:

  • ANT 101 Introduction to Anthropology
  • ANT 285 The Human Animal
  • ANT 303 Food & Cultural

One environmental science course:

  • BIO 152 General Biology II
  • BIO 211 Ecology
  • BIO 214 Botany and Plant Taxology
  • BIO 246 Conservation Biology
  • ESS 205 Physical Geology
  • ESS 310 Pollution
  • ESS 315 Watersheds
  • SPP J51 Protecting Endangered Species: Hawaiian Humpback Whale

One humanities course:

  • HIS 280 Ecological History
  • PHI 270 Environmental Ethics
  • REL 280/SYN 380 Religion & the Environment

One additional course from either the environmental science group or humanities group above.

One experiential learning course:

  • ESS 280 Martinique Studies
  • ESS 282 or POS 399 Internship
  • ESS 298 Ecological & Anthropological Methods in Peru (if not taken as methods course)
  • SPP J51 Protecting Endangered Species: Hawaiian Humpback Whale

Another off-campus experience, independent study or internship that relates to environmental issues and that is approved by an affiliated instructor or an additional course approved by the director of the Environmental Studies Program.

One statistics course  (satisfies General Studies Foundations Quantitative Reasoning requirement):

  • ECO 207 Economics Statistics
  • MAT 110 Elementary Statistics
  • POL 207 Research Methods
  • PSY 200 Research Design I (must be taken in combination with PSY 201)
  • SOC 211 Social Statistics

One methods course:

  • ESS 298 Ecological & Anthropological Methods in Peru
  • PSY 201 Research Design II (must be taken in combination with PSY 200)
  • SOC 210 Research Methods

Combined Major in Environmental Studies

Required Courses:

  • ESS 101 Introduction to Environmental Issues
  • ESS 400 Environment Seminar
  • ECO 224 Environmental Economics
  • POL 321 Environmental Policy
  • ANT/PSY 265 Ecological Psychology
  • SOC 291 Environmental Sociology
  • ESS 325 GIS

One of the following courses:

  • HIS 280 Ecological History
  • PHI 270 Environmental Ethics
  • REL 280/SYN 380 Religion & the Environment
  • ANT 303 Food & Culture

One statistics course (satisfies the General Studies Foundations Quantitative Reasoning requirement):

  • ECO 207 Economics Statistics
  • POL 207 Research Methods
  • PSY 200 Research Design I (must be taken in combination with PSY 201)
  •  SOC 211 Social Statistics
  • MAT110 Elementary Statistics

It is recommended that students take one of the following science courses to satisfy the general studies natural science requirement:

  • BIO 152 General Biology II
  • ESS 205 Geology
  • SPP J51 Protecting Endangered Species: Hawaiian Humpback Whale

Students interested in environmental studies should contact Professor Barty Thompson, Director or Professor Brian Jennings.


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Soma Ghosh, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Economics
610-929-6724
sghosh@albright.edu

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Charles Brown, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology; Department Chair
610-921-7865
cbrown@albright.edu

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Stephen G. Mech, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
610-921-7743
smech@albright.edu

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David T. Osgood, Ph.D.
Professor of Biology
610-921-7726
dosgood@albright.edu

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Lisa Bellantoni, Ph.D.
Department Chair; Associate Professor in Philosophy
610-921-7709
lbellantoni@albright.edu

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Marsha Green, Ph.D.
Marsha Green, Professor of Psychology
610-921-7580
mgreen@albright.edu

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Irene Langran, Ph.D.
Irene Langran, Chair and Associate Professor of Political Science
610-921-7570
ilangran@albright.edu

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Victor J. Forte, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Religious Studies
610-921-7731
vforte@albright.edu

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Carla Abodalo, MS
Senior Instructor of Sociology
610-921-7592
cabodalo@albright.edu

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Brian Jennings, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology
610-921-7892
bjennings@albright.edu

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John Pankratz, Ph.D.
Professor of History
610-921-7823
jpankratz@albright.edu

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Elizabeth Kiester, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology
610-921-7885
ekiester@albright.edu

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Kennon Rice, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology
610-921-7881
krice@albright.edu

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Barton Thompson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology
610-921-7593
bthompson@albright.edu

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Adrienne Lodge, M.S., C.F.E., C.A.M.S.
Adjunct Lecturer in Sociology-Criminal Justice
610-929-6768
alodge@albright.edu

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