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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The Pulse 
Story 9/5/2018

Earth & Environment Welcomes New Academic Coordinator...

The Earth & Environment Department welcomes their  new academic department coordinator, Melissa Betrone, a skilled, higher-education professional with a background in sustainable and organic...

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Story 9/4/2018

New Outdoor Gear Rental Program Opens Sept. 6

The Center for the Sustainable Environment opens the new Outdoor Gear Rental Program on Thursday, September 6. Stop by to rent gear such as backpacks, tents, sleeping bags, hammocks, trekking poles,...

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Story 8/27/2018

Welcome Back Aritoza Ameen '18, Science Outreach Assistant

Recent F&M graduate Aritoza Ameen '18 has returned toe the College as the Science Outreach Assistant.

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Story 8/11/2018

TMI Summer Family Fun Fest

Three-Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station invites you and your family to meet with our family to learn more about the clean energy we make and the positive impact we have with the clean jobs right...

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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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