Director: J. Isacoff
Assistant Professor: G. Gordon
The Environmental Studies major invites students to link together courses from different disciplines in order to understand the scientific, ethical, social, and political aspects of the environment.
Based on the view that the natural world is crucial to human life, the Environmental Studies major seeks to foster an awareness of human interactions with the environment. The Environmental Studies major offers a diverse, integrated curriculum based in the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the humanities, and complimented by an interdisciplinary introductory course and capstone seminar. With Gonzaga's proximity to more than a dozen National Parks and National Forests, Gonzaga is a special place to pursue Environmental Studies, where both the intellectual and "hands-on" aspects of learning are realized. Students pursuing the Environmental Studies major have opportunities to Study Abroad in various countries, including Benin, Zambia, Costa Rica, and Australia, among others; undertake Service Learning in the outdoors; work with Environmental Community Partners; and collaborate with GU's on-campus environmental organizations such as the Gonzaga Environment Organization (GEO) and the Advisory Council on Stewardship and Sustainability (ACSS).
The 39-credit ENVS Major has two main components: a 7 course Core of non-substitutable foundational courses that all students take at Gonzaga, and a minimum of 5 additional courses drawn from various disciplines around the University.