Program Core Principles, Environmental Studies | Earlham College

Program Core Principles

"I am proud of the breadth of my Environmental Studies major which has prepared me for a constantly changing world. The key to this engagement is not getting locked on to the solutions of today, but realizing that they may be the problems of tomorrow. To be able to change with the times and keep adapting solutions that are the most relevant to today's problems, instead of continuing to push solutions that were relevant in decades past. In essence, my degree from Earlham is a Bachelor of Arts in Learning, a skill that will never become obsolete." Ben Smith (2012), final reflective essay. 

Several core principles guide the focus and vision of the program:

  • Multidisciplinary: Students take courses in a variety of disciplines and content areas as well as experience several shared seminars and courses to engage with the multiple ways of knowing necessary to understand and work on environmental issues.

  • Experiential: Courses, projects and research are designed to engage students in the classroom, laboratory, field and community, putting knowledge to work on real projects that can make a difference in the lives of people and the natural world.

  • Local and Global: Reflecting Earlham's sustained interests and experience in both local and global contexts, students explore the tensions, relationships, conflicts and interdependencies among local, regional, transnational and global issues and entities.

  • Integrity and Social Justice: Coursework, projects, research and co-curricular involvements challenge students to examine whether values and practices match up, and to consider how they might use their knowledge and experience to promote social justice through environmental work.

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