Environmental Studies Program

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— Illinois Wesleyan University Mission Statement —
"The University, through its policies, programs and practices, 
is committed to diversity, social justice
and environmental sustainability."

Environmental Studies addresses a broad range of issues concerning the relationship of human beings with the natural world. Understanding these issues requires that knowledge from diverse disciplines be brought together, and new modes of thinking be developed. At Illinois Wesleyan, the Environmental Studies Program is designed to provide students with a basic knowledge of the scientific concepts, the societal factors - cultural, political and economic - and the ethical dimensions behind environmental issues. The program includes both interdisciplinary courses and courses that address environmental issues from a variety of disciplinary perspectives, and offers both a major and a minor degree.

The Environmental Studies Program at Illinois Wesleyan University seeks to inform and influence the general university community as well as educate our minors and provide them with specific skills for environmental work. Read our full Mission Statement and Student Learning Goals.

Campus Environmental Sustainability News

Illinois Sustainable Living and Wellness Expo
Approximately 100 exhibitors and 20 presenters will explore the themes of Living Well & Living Green and Creating Healthy Communities on Saturday, April 12.

King '15 Learns About Community Gardens in Australia
Although she grew up in Midwest farm country, Amanda King '15 credits her study abroad experience more than 9,000 miles from home with new insights into the benefits of creating sustainable community gardens.

Recycling: The History of a Legacy
In the early 1970s, Illinois Wesleyan joined colleges and universities across the United States in a growing movement to fight against the deterioration of the environment.

More University Initiatives


Contact Us

Abigail Jahiel, Director
(on sabbatical Spring 2014)
Environmental Studies Program
Illinois Wesleyan University
PO Box 2900
Bloomington IL 61702
(309) 556-3923

Given Harper, interim Director
(Spring 2014)
(309) 556-3056