BA in Environmental Studies

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The BA in Environmental Studies brings together the humanities, social and natural sciences to understand the inter-relationships between, for example, pollution, population, poverty and politics. Overall, the goal of the program is to have students recognize the role humans play in the dynamic between nature and culture, and to develop essential, and employable, skills in research techniques and problem solving. But, most importantly, the Environmental Studies curriculum gives you an understanding of the role values play in the different ways people frame questions, and how values affect how people act to solve environmental problems. Our interdisciplinary faculty gives Pace Environmental Studies students the rigorous professional skills to enter the world as effective and responsible actors.

Learning That Inspires Your Intellect

BA in Environmental Studies

To change our relationships with the natural world, we need to understand both natural processes—like ecology and biology—and the human systems that relate to nature: the political, economic, artistic and spiritual. The Pace ES major prepares you to meet the world with this integrative, interdisciplinary understanding of environmental issues and problems. We prepare students for work in new and existing public and private sectors organizations, as well as to pursue graduate studies in a number of related fields. Your Pace studies will culminate in an intensive project that combines the skills you have learned and give you the opportunity to work closely with Environmental Studies faculty on an original and transformative research project.

Our alumni have gone on to graduate departments and/or to become change-makers in a variety of environmental fields such as: advocacy, education, journalism, law, resource management, policy, remediation, sustainable development, and urban planning

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Combined degree programs enable qualified students to earn both undergraduate and master’s degrees in less time than it takes to earn each degree separately.

BA in Environmental Studies/JD in Law
The environmental studies major can be combined with a law degree from Pace University’s School of Law. To learn more about this innovative program, see the dual-degree programs page.

We lead the way in offering Learning Communities taught by two faculty from different disciplines, discussing the same topics or issues from different disciplinary perspectives. Our courses are offered on every level, from basic 100-level courses that students can use to satisfy any of the Areas of Knowledge to our 400-level capstone courses for seniors.

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The internship experience is a fundamental part of the environmental studies major. All students are required, in their third year, to enroll in the “Environmental Internship Course,” ENV 380. Often, the first work experience of most environmental professionals is an internship or volunteer position. Students will gain first-hand experience of the process of reconciling individual and community needs and environmental protection through internships in regional/ municipal environmental planning agencies and national and local non-profit agencies. These internships will also provide students with employment opportunities in the rapidly growing field of environmentalism.

Currently interns are placed at:

  • Long Island Task Force
  • Westchester Environmental Coalition
  • Environmental Center - Pace University
  • Citizens Environmental Coalition
  • Read Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Tailside Museum - Bear Mountain State Park
  • City of New York Parks Department
  • Greenpeace
  • Sierra Club
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • U.S. Forest Service
  • National Park Service
  • Westchester County Executive Office
  • The Hudson River Sloop Clearwater
  • The Audubon Society

Our graduates have gone on to careers in environmental law, environmental journalism, environmental education, and have worked as lobbyists on the state and federal level.

Jobs in the corporate sector include:

  • Policy Making
  • Public Relations
  • Management of Environmental Programs
  • Environmental Communications Specialists
  • Regulations Compliance Experts

Jobs in the government sector are available with:

  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • National Park Service
  • Department of the Interior
  • Department of Commerce
  • Department of Labor
  • Forest Service
  • Consumer Product Safety Board
  • Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
  • Federal Maritime Commission
  • Federal Trade Commission

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