Environmental Studies majors develop interdisciplinary breadth by taking a core set of courses in public policy, economics, and ecology; they gain disciplinary depth by selecting a suite of courses in a particular field. ES majors develop valuable professional experience through applied projects in their coursework and through a required internship after their junior year. By combining rigorous academic training that is tailored to students’ passions with applied professional experience, Environmental Studies students are prepared for a wide range of possible careers that make a difference.
Students who have majored in Environmental Studies have gone on to become community planners, environmental lawyers, and directors of non-profit organizations. Many now work for state and federal agencies or educational institutions. Here is what one alumna has to say about how her experience as an Environmental Studies student at GMC prepared her for her current position:
Mindy Blank, who works for the Sustainable Energy Policy and Technology Division of the International Energy Agency in Paris, France, writes:
“The ES program at GMC gave me an invaluable skill to assess whole systems of environmental sustainability. This is because of the well-rounded and wide-ranging coursework in the ES program . . . I was able to focus my degree on Sustainable Community Planning, which widened my picture of Environmental Studies in very pragmatic ways.”
“The most memorable thing about being an ES student at GMC was a feeling—‘this is MY degree, these are MY choices, this is MY path, and I can tailor it how I want to be able to do what is important to me.’ I really felt like I belonged and was incredibly empowered by the freedom I was given with my education.”
“Students participate in the creation of the infrastructure of the campus, from investment decisions, to energy usage, to food offered on campus…. There is community and civic engagement in the true sense of those words.”