Welcome

Many of the critical dilemmas that threaten our world today, such as  global climate change, challenges and conflict over shrinking natural resources, human health effects from toxic exposures, have environmental underpinnings. Addressing these problems requires a truly interdisciplinary approach, calling upon understanding and tools from across the university. Environmental studies prepares students to tackle these issues through rigorous coursework in the natural and social sciences, including economics, law, policy, history, ecology and physical sciences.

We emphasize hands-on learning through field-based courses. Students work directly with community partners to address current issues facing local communities, and are placed in individually tailored internships where they work alongside environmental professionals. Students also master research, report writing, oral communication, advocacy, geographic information systems (GIS) mapping, website development and problem-solving skills. Many students undertake field studies abroad with our partner programs, and/or participate in our signature immersive, integrated semester programs,  the Environmental Field Semester and the Environmental Health and Justice  program.

Check out our Green Ideas for Brandeis: April 2012.


Anticipated New Spring 2017 Class!

Expansion of Visions of the Environment class (ENVS 43b)
ENVS/THA 141a Visions of Nature and Environmental Theater: Books, Film, Performance and Activism 
(6-credit course, h/ss)
Profs. Laura Goldin and Adrianne Krstansky
Mondays 2-2:50pm and Wednesdays 2-4:50pm

We will consider our individual and collective relationships with the environment, and how these shape our treatment of the earth and its natural resources in the face of daunting environmental challenges. This is an experiential learning and community engagement course. Be prepared to be active, involved and out of the classroom. In this field-based, studio and hands on seminar, we’ll be in the woods, fields and otherwise away from campus even in the snow exploring, visiting with experts, developing projects and engaging with the community.
Spring 2017 pre-registration starts November 2nd.

The Environmental Studies Program stands in solidarity with the students of ‪#‎FordHall2015‬ in calling on the university to fulfill its commitments to social justice and inclusion. We are grateful to the students for inspiring dialogue and pushing for concrete changes. We look forward to participating as members of the campus community in the imaginative work of creating new tools and conversations to address these problems. We call upon the senior administration and the Board of Trustees to take concrete steps toward transforming Brandeis into a fully inclusive university.