Environmental Studies (Minor)

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Why Environmental Studies?

Protecting natural resources. Reducing carbon footprints. Addressing climate change. It all begins with leaders who will stand up through policy change, political advocacy, fieldwork and education. Discover how you can lead change for a more sustainable future for our Earth.

Why Study Environmental Studies at Iona?

Our minor is a unique blend of biology, political science and religious studies designed to provide a deep understanding of the "Living Earth."

You will learn from and work alongside passionate faculty members as you investigate the science, politics and religious beliefs that influence the treatment of our planet and our attempts to develop a path to a sustainable future.

What You Will Learn

You will be learn to to evaluate the many political, economic and ethical issues that contribute to our environmental problems. Through critical examination and research, you will lead new ideas and responses to resolving the problems.

In engaging courses, you’ll focus on different areas of the environmental studies landscape: ecological and environmental literacy, politics and policy, and religious study.

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Unique Elements of Program

  • Opportunities for local and international fieldwork, advocacy and internships.

Careers & Outcomes

Graduates with a minor in Environmental Studies can go on to develop and lead strategies that will positively impact our environment. With a holistic background in science, politics and religious beliefs, you will help develop a path to a sustainable future.

Job Titles:

  • Climate Change Analyst
  • Education and Outreach Coordinator
  • Environmental Health and Safety Specialist
  • Environmental Scientist
  • Industrial Ecologist

Our Graduates Have Worked At:

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Program Highlights

Environmental-Focused Community

Explore co-curricular opportunities to help improve sustainability on campus. Lead conversations on recycling and the reduction of energy consumption. Organize environmental clean-ups and planting of gardens.

Thomas Berry Forum for Ecological Dialogue

The forum brings together educators, activists and environmental experts to continue late geologist Fr. Thomas Berry’s legacy of work in ecological awareness and progress towards a more sustainable world for all living creatures.

Commitment to Service

Iona’s commitment to service creates a number of opportunities to bring your concern and skills to the community through internships, fieldwork, and advocacy.

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