Illinois Wesleyan
Environmental Studies
Explore Your World
A Solid Foundation

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

Environmental Studies examines issues that arise from the interaction of human beings with the natural world. Understanding these issues and meeting the challenges they pose requires knowledge from diverse fields and new modes of thinking. At Illinois Wesleyan University we ask our students to put their passion for sustainability to work during their time here, so that they graduate empowered and prepared to make a difference in the world. Our students gain a solid foundation in ecological principles, earth science concepts and scientific causes of today's environmental challenges, as well as the institutions - cultural, political, and economic - and ethical dimensions through which to tackle them.

Program Spotlight Travel to Vietnam

A unique and innovative travel program brings our students to Vietnam where they explore sustainability issues firsthand, collaborate with Vietnamese peers, and return to campus to complete a related research project in their senior seminar. Read more.

“How many people can say they’ve done research in a country across the world when they were 21?” - Katherine Henebry ’19

Students in Can Gio replanting the mangrove Student working with a local in the Mekong Delta weaving a mat



Opportunities to Explore
Internships & Community Engagement
Internships & Community Engagement
Internships offer opportunities to make your education "real" by providing practical work experiences in your field of study or career interest area.
Students are able to participate in research on campus, during summer, or while studying abroad.
Study Abroad
Study Abroad
There are a multitude of international study abroad or domestic off-campus options available for those interested in Environmental Studies.
Choose your Focus
Our Environmental Studies Program offers both a major and minor degree - with four unique pathways to complete the major: General Major, Ecology, Environmental Policy, or International Environmental Sustainability.
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