Degree:
B.A.
Division:
Interdisciplinary
Program Options:
Area of Concentration, Joint Concentration

The Environmental Studies Area of Concentration offers insights into climate change, sea-level rise, food insecurity, social justice, urban environments, animal welfare, governing the oceans, and environmental conservation and stewardship.

About the Program

We’re early adopters! New College’s Environmental Studies Program was founded in 1972 – the first of its type in the United States. Come today and learn new skills from professors across disciplines to help create a better balance between human activity and environmental sustainability.

Investigate topics as diverse as land and marine use policies, water and soil quality, ethical approaches to environmental management, the effects of sea level rise on heritage sites, the role of invasive species, systems modeling, human cognition and persuasion, the green economy, and the use of data analysis to delve deeply into environmental awareness. Be part of the environment on our bayfront campus where our faculty, students, and staff recognize that the landscape of New College of Florida has a history.

“New College students are passionate and civic minded. They tend to be solution-focused. My classes are designed to be rigorous, to give them the skills to be really impactful. They’re up to the challenge.”

Emily Heffernan
Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies

Land Acknowledgement

The space that we currently occupy, Sarasota, was acquired through the territorial dispossession of Native Nations, including the Seminole and Miccosukee, who have historical claims to this land. We acknowledge that our occupation of this land has come at the expense of their displacement. Indigenous people are contemporary people who live throughout the state of Florida on reservations and in cities, and we acknowledge that they, as well as their ancestors, are our hosts.

As a public and intellectually rigorous institution, it is our duty to think critically about what our occupation of this land means. We must challenge ourselves to consider our relationship to the land and to ethically engage with the histories and cultures of Indigenous peoples who have called this land home. This is not the end of the conversation, but the beginning of a long and difficult process of mapping a more equitable future

Recent Courses

  • Climate Change: Philosophy, Politics and Economics
  • Climate Fiction
  • Conservation and Indigenous Knowledge
  • Coral Reef Ecology
  • Ecopoetics
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Florida Natural History
  • Food, Animals, and the Environment
  • Food, Fuel, Fiber and Finance: A History of Global Capitalism
  • Introduction to Environmental Studies
 

  • Introduction to Global Information Systems (GIS)
  • Judaism and Ecology
  • Music and the Environment
  • Social Movements
  • Sustainable Development
  • The Retreat of the Elephant: Environmental History in East Asian Art and Archaeology
  • The Well-Being of Humans and Other Animals
  • Tropical Disease Epidemiology
  • Urban Sociology

 

Students in the Radiant Communities: Documentary Film course and Independent Study Project (ISP) perform choreography developed through study of ecological communities, and learn the basics of collaborative filmmaking within the context of experimental film and environmental studies. This ISP culminated in a film which was shot on location on Tidy Island, an approximately 160-acre property in Manatee County deeded to New College Foundation in 1984 for the study of marine and plant life.

Career Pathways

  • Cartography
  • Climate Justice
  • Community/Urban Planning
  • Conservation Science
  • Corporate Sustainability
  • Eco Agriculture
  • Environmental Biologist
  • Environmental Conservation
  • Environmental Law
  • Food Insecurity
  • Hydrology
  • Natural Resource Management
  • Occupational Health and Safety
  • Park Management
  • Zoologist and Wildlife Biologist

Recent Theses

  • Multi-Criteria Suitability Analysis of Green Infrastructure Targeted at Groundwater Recharge and Flood Mitigation in Sarasota, FL
  • Managing Fisheries: a Case Study of Conceptual Frameworks for Policy Design
  • Sea Level Rise in Southwest Florida: An Economic Benefit-Cost Analysis of Policy Alternatives
  • Herbicide Resistant Crops: Can Genetic Engineering Contribute to Sustainable Agriculture?
  • Longleaf Pine: Florida’s Sunflower Forest
  • “Altering the Earth to Fit Vera,” Analyzing Sustainable Fashion Supply Chain Management
  • Pollination as an Economic Marketplace

Study Abroad and Domestic Exchange Programs

There are many opportunities for Environmental Studies students to gain experience across the US and internationally, such as New College's membership in the EcoLeague domestic exchange program. Study Abroad & Exchange Programs

Contact Us

Environmental Studies

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Phone Number
Email Address
Location
Office
Caples Carriage House 208

Environmental Studies Faculty

Frank Alcock Professor of Political Science & Environmental Studies
Director of Academic Initiatives & Special Projects
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Political Science Environmental Studies Public Policy Office of the Provost
Uzi Baram Professor of Anthropology
Director of New College Public Archaeology Lab
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Anthropology Urban Studies Museum Studies Environmental Studies
David Brain Urban Studies Program Director
Professor of Sociology
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Urban Studies Environmental Studies Sociology
Peter Cook Assistant Professor of Psychology
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Biopsychology Environmental Studies Neuroscience Psychology
Erin Dean Associate Professor of Anthropology
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Environmental Studies Anthropology
Nicolas Delon Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Environmental Studies
Office / Division / Concentration Humanities Division Philosophy Environmental Studies
Erika Díaz Almeyda Assistant Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies
Office / Division / Concentration Natural Sciences Division Pritzker Marine Biology Research Center Biology Environmental Studies Marine Biology
Sandra Gilchrist Professor of Biology & Marine Science
Natural Sciences Division Chair
Office / Division / Concentration Natural Sciences Division Pritzker Marine Biology Research Center Marine Biology Biology Environmental Studies Gender Studies
Heidi Harley Professor of Psychology/ Peg Scripps Buzzelli Chair
Director Environmental Studies Program
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Environmental Studies Biopsychology Psychology
Emily Heffernan Dean of Studies
Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies
Office / Division / Concentration Natural Sciences Division Environmental Studies Biology Office of the Provost
Tarron Khemraj Professor of Economics and International Studies
William and Marie Selby Chair
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Economics Environmental Studies Public Policy Quantitative Social Science Finance
Wes Kline Adjunct Instructor of Representational Ecology
Office / Division / Concentration Environmental Studies
Susan Marks Professor of Religion and Judaic Studies
Klingenstein Professorship
Office / Division / Concentration Humanities Division Environmental Studies Religion Gender Studies
Brad Oberle Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies
Office / Division / Concentration Natural Sciences Division Pritzker Marine Biology Research Center Biology Environmental Studies Marine Biology Urban Studies
Mark Paul Assistant Professor of Economics and Environmental Studies
Office / Division / Concentration Social Sciences Division Economics Environmental Studies Finance
Gerardo Toro-Farmer Assistant Professor of Coastal and Marine Science
Office / Division / Concentration Natural Sciences Division Pritzker Marine Biology Research Center Marine Biology Environmental Studies International & Area Studies
Leslie Townsend Office Manager
Office / Division / Concentration Environmental Studies