Environmental Studies Program
The New College Environmental Studies Program (ESP) was founded in 1972. Since that time, over 200 students have graduated with environmental degrees, and many more have benefited from the environmental studies classes and projects. Today, the ESP supports a variety of student and community environmental projects, all of them stressing hands-on, interdisciplinary and regional work.
ES Program Requirements
The ES Program offers students a challenging core curriculum in environmental studies as well as specialized advanced training in one of five tracks -- Environmental Science, Environmental Policy, Ecological Anthropology, Urban Studies and the Environment, or Environmental Literature, Religion, and Philosophy.
Students planning an ES career are required to complete the core curriculum while taking classes within the tracks that are of most interest to them. By the end of their second year, students will need to have developed a working relationship with faculty in one of the tracks and discussed with a faculty member the possibility of that person sponsoring their work as an ES student.
Environmental Science Track
Environmental Science approaches environmental problem-solving from a multidisciplinary perspective that is grounded in the physical and natural sciences, including biology, chemistry, physics, and psychology.
Environmental Literature, Religion and Philosophy Track
The ES track in Environmental Literature, Religion, and Philosophy begins with the premise that our relationship to nature and the environment is mediated through the textual, visual, and aural languages that we have for representing that relationship.
Urban Studies and the Environment Track
Recognizing that the global population has tilted from being a predominately rural to a predominately urban one, students of Urban Studies set their attention on the ways in which historic and modern peoples have organized their lived environments and left imprints on eco-systems near and far.
Ecological Anthropology Track
Ecological Anthropology explores the diverse ways in which human cultures across time and space have adapted to and organized their social and natural environments.
Environmental Policy Track
Environmental Policy assumes that we can balance questions of social equity, economic health, and environmental sustainability through more informed policy making.