The University of Vermont's Environmental Studies program, known nationally for its interdisciplinary approach, serves a wide range of environmental interests. The program engages students in local and international internships and immerses them in the work of the environment. Their coursework is sometimes carried out in far-flung reaches of the world; and always intimately exposes them to faculty in such varied pursuits as environmental law and policy, restoration ecology, and ecofeminism.
Required courses combine the perspectives of the sciences, social studies, and humanities in local, national, and global contexts. Working closely with the faculty, each student plans a personalized program of coursework that combines a broad, comprehensive understanding of the environment with depth in a specific concentration of study. Major concentrations can be in the natural sciences, the humanities, the social sciences, or broadly interdisciplinary around a specific focus. Many students earn credits through internships or projects in the community or beyond; most spend a semester overseas; and all do a nine-credit senior capstone.
Vermont's landscape, accessibility, government, and non-profit organizations give students unrivaled chances to engage in research and then develop and promote policy initiatives.
Many graduates pursue graduate or professional degrees; others enter employment in public and private sectors as consultants, educators, ecologists, planners, analysts, field or laboratory researchers, writers and activists. Common choices include environmental education, biodiversity and endangered species, natural areas management, environmental policy and law, mediation, landscape restoration, wetlands protection, land conservation and land use planning, sustainable development, women's studies, ecotourism, and environmental communication. Connect with our Experiential Learning Office for more information on internships and careers. Read a sampling of environmental studies alum job titles.
All students who enroll in the Environmental Studies major in The Rubenstein School must fulfill the following requirements for graduation: