From an academic view, the environment ignites curiosity along a far longer avenue than the immediate. It is an omnibus term defined and enriched by biophysical and cultural processes, an imaginarium of philosophical and artistic exposition.
The study of our environment is akin to a rich tapestry interwoven from strands taken from the humanities, the social sciences, and the natural sciences. This tapestry continues to be a work in progress —unlike a finished product—owing to the dynamism and evolution of both society and the environment.
Environmental studies is a fertile area of engagement for students wishing to explore the breadth of the field to understand its syncretic character, and at the same time delve in depth into one or more disciplinary cognates, such as ecological science, environmental history, environmental philosophy, environmental economics, ecocriticism, and environmental sociology.
Through the environmental studies major, students will learn to appreciate why and how three broad disciplines: humanities, science, and social studies, emerged as three distinct fields of scholarship, each with an ‘environmental’ prefix. The required courses seek to establish a broad landscape of environmental studies while responding to present-day challenges, thereby enabling students to recognise and appreciate the ‘messiness’ of the field. Students will complete a required course on communication in environmental studies, where they will focus on comprehension, writing, artistic expression, and critique. Course offerings will provide a holistic picture of theory, primary debates, and environmental tensions around the world, hands-on exposure to underlying research methods through practicum, and a honing of communication skills within the field. The last interdisciplinary required course offers an opportunity for students to explore various dimensions of human-environment relationships, for instance through the four basic elements- Earth, Water, Wind, and Fire
After completing required courses, students will choose electives that facilitate specialisation. Electives will aid disciplinary grounding, for example, in the history, politics, science, economics, ethics, or philosophy of the environment, and encourage further interdisciplinary exploration through courses in sustainability, economics of the environment, conservation studies, and political ecology. Students will distil the diversity to which they have been exposed within the field to produce their capstone thesis on any topic within environmental studies during their final year.
Past, Present, and Predicted Environments*
Environment and Ethics*
Tools and Methods (writing intensive)*
Environment across Disciplines (team-taught required course)
Data Science for the Environmental Studies*
*These courses have laboratory and/or immersive field components
The Krea environmental studies graduate to embark on fulfilling career paths in industry, the nonprofit sector, academia, or government service.