Study the environment from diverse perspectives

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 9/14/2017

Naomi Klein: In an Age of Crises, We Move Together to...

 “We don’t live in a time when there is just one urgent crisis,” Klein told a large turnout for F&M's Sept. 14 Common Hour. “We live in a time of overlapping and intersecting crises.”

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Story 9/11/2017

Reception for Naomi Klein and screening of This Changes...

You are invited to attend a reception for Common Hour speaker Naomi Klein immediately following her talk in the Center for the Sustainable Environment's Community Outreach Room.

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Story 8/28/2017

Three-Mile Island Community Information Night Sept. 7

Exelon Generation will be hosting its annual “Three-Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station Community Information Night”  from 5 to 8 p.m. on Sept. 7 for the general public. 

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Story 8/10/2017

F&M Collaborates with Pennsylvania Colleges to Share Green...

Representatives from seven southeast Pennsylvania colleges came together at Franklin & Marshall on Aug. 4 to learn about the initiatives of the College’s Center for the Sustainable Environment.  

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Story 6/22/2017

Student Investigates Why Grocery Stores Leave Neighborhoods

It was the first Giant grocery in the city of Lancaster, located in a low- to moderate-income neighborhood, but after 40 years, the supermarket chain closed the store, leading to protests and...

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Story 3/27/2017

Research Takes Senior, Professor to Bonn UN Conference on...

Senior Lea Senft’s twin passions for wildlife and environmental conservation and her research into public policy recently sent her to a United Nations conference in Bonn, Germany.

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Story 3/14/2017

Seeking to Make a Better World, F&M Juniors Earn Public...

Juniors Thanh Nguyen and Charisma Lambert, longtime friends and roommates in Weis College House, committed their education at Franklin & Marshall College to crossing borders.  

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