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Environmental Studies

How does studying abroad fit with this major?

Environmental Studies will prepare you to be a leader in building an environmentally, economically, and socially sustainable society, that balances the needs of people today with the needs of future generations, while promoting environmental justice and enhancing ecological diversity. Your studies will focus on the spectrum from global to local, with an emphasis on critical thinking, effective communication, and hands-on participatory implementation.

With Environmental Studies becoming one of the most important academic disciplines available as it encompasses many defining questions of our modern era studying abroad will give students an edge in the field. Sustainability and environmental preservation are global issues at its core, and environmental study abroad programs will introduce students to new ways in which we can tear down barriers and build up a healthier planet.

Featured Programs

Ramapo College of New Jersey

“COSTA RICA: Wildlife Conservation”

2 credit, Global Field Experience, Spring Break Program

This is a short-term study abroad course (INTL 130) in which students will visit Costa Rica, be introduced to the social and geographic context of the country and explore issues of environmental challenges and sustainability. Students will participate in a number of pre-travel meetings in preparation for the experience, as well as a few post-travel meetings to synthesize their experiences. While in country, students will engage in service learning in a wildlife conservation project, which entails learning directly from members of the organization that they are visiting.

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Ramapo College of New Jersey

“PERU: Engaging with Amazonian Livelihoods”

4 credit, Summer Program

This course (INTD 321) provides students with an immersive experience with people, ecology and issues of the Madre de Dios region of the Peruvian Amazon, which has one of the highest levels of biodiversity on earth. As an interdisciplinary course, students engage with a wide variety of communities, professionals, ecosystems and related topics. An underlying principle of the course is that students benefit from the diverse perspectives and expertise of the instructors, resource people and each other. The first nine days of the course take place at Ramapo College of New Jersey, where students gain extensive background about the ecology, culture, language, community structure, livelihoods, and economics in Madre de Dios. Subsequently, a three-week trip to Peru combines field excursions to indigenous communities and other sites along the Tambopata and Madre de Dios Rivers with lectures, discussions and independent projects designed for each student to explore her/his own specific interests in close consultation with the instructors. Topics include Amazonian ecology, ecological culture in indigenous communities, community governance, traditional uses of Amazonian forest medicines, perspectives of diverse stakeholders, ecosystem services, supply chains, sustainable development, ecotourism and subsistence and market-oriented, organic agriculture, forestry, and natural resource management as practiced by small landholders.

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Other Approved Programs

There are a variety of other approved program options available to students who major or minor in Environmental Studies. Click on the link below for a list of these options: