Environmental Studies

As our society has become increasingly aware of, and alarmed about, the impact of humanity on the environment, sustainability has begun to permeate our culture. From industry to agriculture, to science and technology, individuals who are knowledgeable about the environment and best "green" practices are likely to have an advantage in the twenty-first century, as both the government and the public exert greater pressure for environmental accountability from all business, commercial, private, and public enterprises.

Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary major with a primary focus on policy and advocacy, grounded in an understanding of relevant scientific and humanistic concepts. The Environmental Studies major provides students the opportunity to examine the connections between the environment and the community, both local and global. Through a combination of coursework and connected-learning experiences, the program prepares students to address the many environmental challenges we face, including matters of public policy, economics, and ethics. The Environmental Studies program utilizes Lasell College as a learning lab. We challenge students to consider the impact of the College on the environment and encourage students to propose solutions and take leadership action.

This major prepares students to pursue career opportunities in policy and regulation, advocacy, resource management, and outdoor education. Students may also continue with graduate study in such fields as environmental studies, environmental science, environmental law and policy, resource economics, and business management. Graduates receive a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies.

The Environmental Studies Program at Lasell College provides students with the knowledge and skills necessary to incorporate sustainability considerations into their decision-making in order to effect change in places where they live, work, and study.

By planning early in consultation with an academic advisor, students may be able to reduce the time it takes to complete a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies to 3 or 3½ years.

The following goals and associated learning outcomes delineate what we strive for students to achieve when they complete the major program of study in Environmental Studies.

Goal 1: Effective communication skills
Upon completion of the major program of study in Environmental Studies, students will be able to

  1. communicate effectively within the discipline in writing
  2. communicate effectively within the discipline orally
  3. communicate effectively within the discipline, using graphical, visual, and quantitative representation

Goal 2: Produce globally engaged citizens
Upon completion of the major program of study in Environmental Studies, students will be able to

  1. evaluate need for citizen action and plan for/participate in such action
  2. practice/organize collaborative/interdisciplinary approaches to environmental issues
  3. consider sustainability in making decisions (environmental, social, and economic)

Goal 3: Evaluate and process discipline-specific information
Upon completion of the major program of study in Environmental Studies, students will be able to

  1. communicate/evaluate/justify personal views on environmental issues
  2. identify/evaluate alternative courses of action/solutions to environmental issues
  3. read and comprehend discipline-specific information