The Environmental Studies major is rooted in the understanding that complex environmental problems cannot be grasped through a single discipline. As a student in the program, you investigate the relationship between humans and their environment through
social, ecological, and political dimensions. We emphasize three main areas:
- A firm grounding in the natural sciences, particularly urban ecology and resilience
- A sustained engagement with environmental policy and politics, particularly around aspects of inequality, race, and justice
- Studio-based work on design and sustainability
Our students are innovators and creative problem solvers passionate about facing the environmental challenges of this century, curious about the interaction between humans and their environments, and inspired to bring about social and ecological justice.
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The New School offers the BA in Environmental Studies as part of the university's suite of cross-college, interdisciplinary undergraduate programs, which includes Global Studies, Environmental Studies, and Urban Studies. These interdisciplinary programs
are designed to prepare students for the new careers of the 21st century.
Environmental Studies graduates pursue their passions in many areas such as sustainability consulting, public policy, urban design, urban planning, or continued graduate study, including in The New School's MS in Environmental Policy and Sustainability