What Can I do with an Environmental Studies Major?

Where have Environmental Studies grads gone after graduation?

This is a question that should be rephrased to: what can I do with a Liberal Arts Social Science or Humanities Major. In this regard, Environmental Studies is no different from History, English, or Political Science. The answer is you can do anything, but more specifically, government, non-profit, and graduate school are traditional Environmental Studies career paths. However, there are others and within these, there are literally thousands of options, especially when you consider the international, national, state, regional, county, and municipal levels.

Gonzaga's Environmental Studies Major has placed students into a wide area of graduate, governmental, and environmental positions. Below is a sampling of some of the career opportunities recent Environmental Studies grads have chosen to pursue:

Graduate and Law Schools

  • Alaska Pacific University, Environmental Science
  • Oregon State University, Environmental Science
  • Oregon State University, Public Policy/Environmental Policy
  • Oxford University
  • Texas A&M University, Behavioral Ecology
  • University of California Irvine, Evolutionary Biology, Ph.D.
  • University of Kentucky, Entomology, Ph.D.
  • University of Washington, Evans School of Public Affairs
  • University of Washington, School of Law

Government Positions

  • City of Salem, OR
  • Colorado Parks and Wildlife
  • Fair Trade, USA
  • Minnesota Department of Natural Resources
  • Spokane County Department of Natural Resources
  • Washington State Department of Ecology

Environmental Organizations

  • Bay Area Climate Corps, San Francisco, California
  • Catalina Island Marine Institute
  • Catholic Charities of Spokane Vinegar Flats Community Farm
  • Friends of Cedar River Watershed, Seattle, Washington
  • Northwest Earth Institute, Portland, Oregon
  • Northwestern Energy, Bozeman, Montana
  • University of Idaho, Lab Researcher
  • Upper Columbia United Tribes, Biological Field Technician, Washington