Study the environment from diverse perspectives

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The mission of the Environmental Studies major at Franklin & Marshall College is to train and nurture effective leaders, professionals, and environmentally literate citizens who possess a broad view and balanced background that a liberal arts education provides. The world needs more thinkers, writers, artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, policy makers, inventors, and educators with deep foundations in environmental knowledge and perspectives. Humans shape and are shaped by their environment, reflect upon it in works of art and literature, and depend upon it for every need. A source of beauty, meaning and inspiration, it demands our careful attention. Environmental Studies represents and epitomizes a liberal arts education; nothing less is required to meet the environmental challenges of the twenty-first century.

F&M’s Environmental Studies major, located in a traditionally strong natural science department, boasts depth in public policy and social sciences, with diverse offerings in the humanities. Our program highlights the intersections of human history and values with environmental change. Through the study of literature, writing, political science, business, history, law, and other fields, our students explore the complex interactions of physical and biological processes with cultural, political and economic forces.

Environmental Studies uses an interdisciplinary approach to study critical issues of our times, like global warming, ecotourism, and wilderness protection. Interaction with the Public Policy Program, the Wohlsen Center for the Sustainable Environment, the Local Economy Center, and various campus sustainability initiatives takes advantage of interest in the environment across the College community.

Study abroad is encouraged. Contacts with local, state, and national environmental professionals enhance the program, and generate possibilities for internships and employment.

Curriculum and Courses

Study of the Earth draws on all traditional disciplines.  As we learn how the Earth works, we must develop the means and the political will to manage it appropriately.

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Story 7/12/2018

Summer Research: The Honeybee in Global Environmental...

Like bats, moths, and other pollinators, honeybees help to fertilize crops and allow humans to produce diverse foods. But because these pollinators are harmed by pesticides, fungicides and...

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Story 7/11/2018

‘Embattled River,’ Schuyler’s Latest Book on the Hudson...

In his latest book, F&M's David Schuyler examines the ongoing fight of more than half a century to protect and preserve the river's environment and the spectacularly scenic landscape that evokes the...

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Story 5/21/2018

Experiencing Earth’s Geoscience History in America’s...

During spring semester, Professor of Geosciences Andrew de Wet and the department’s research lab manager and technician Emily Wilson took 16 students to New Mexico and Arizona to visit numerous...

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Story 5/2/2018

Ready to Launch: F&M Helps Develop Land Mine-Detection Robot

A major milestone has been passed with the construction of a working robot prototype, and testing is about to begin on the sophisticated imaging sensors that are F&M’s responsibility.  

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Story 4/20/2018

Sawyer '18, Schmid honored as Pennsylvania Campus...

Senior Shelby Sawyer and Ted Schmid, F&M's Director of Grounds, were honored as Pennsylvania Campus Sustainability Champions by the Pennsylvania Environmental Resource Consortium.

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Story 3/2/2018

Ecological Justice: Indigenous Peoples, Mother Earth and...

Tom BK Goldtooth Executive Director of the Indigenous Environmental Network Indigenous prophecies tell us that life as we know it is in danger.  The ecological balance of the four elements of...

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Story 3/1/2018

Mother Earth and the Indigenous Rising to Defend Her

Tom B.K. Goldtooth, the leader of an organization that advocates for environmental, climate and economic justice, first greeted his Franklin & Marshall College listeners in his Native American tongue...

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