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 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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Lessons from the 2016 Election: What We Got Right, What We Got Wrong, and What It Means for 2018 and Beyond
Story 1/19/2018

Lessons from the 2016 Election: What We Got Right, What We...

Stephen Medvic, The Honorable & Mrs. John C. Kunkel Professor of Government, Franklin & Marshall College

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Story 12/1/2017

​Seismic Station

F&M's seismic station gets a new home 

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Story 11/30/2017

National Monuments Need Protection, Environmental Studies...

Efforts by the current administration to reduce the number and size of U.S. national monuments are misguided, said Elizabeth De Santo, Franklin & Marshall assistant professor of environmental studies...

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Unraveling Teddy Rosevelt's Legacy
Story 11/30/2017

Unravelling Teddy Roosevelt's Legacy: America's National...

Elizabeth De Santo Assistant Professor of Environmental Studies Since its inception in 1906, the Antiquities Act has been used over 100 times to protect America's natural and cultural heritage...

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Story 11/9/2017

Captive Whales and Dolphins: Life Beyond Concrete Tanks

​Lori Marino, Ph.D. President of the Whale Sanctuary Project Since the release of the popular documentary Blackfish, of which Dr. Marino was featured, the public has become more aware of the...

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