Environmental Studies

About Environmental Studies

Vietnam May term course surveys the layout of Ho Chi Minh City when talking with government urban planning officials about designing for sustainability.
Greening Great Britain course explores Cairgorms National Park in Scottish Highlands
Sam Yoest completes her internship with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
organic farming
Working on an organic farm in the Philippines in fully-funded summer internships
Ojaswee experiments with pest controls
Ojaswee Shrestha experiments with biological pest controls at the International Rice Research Institute

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

What is Environmental Studies? In short, it's an examination of issues that arise from interactions of human beings with the natural world.

Environmental challenges can be daunting. At IWU 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. Check out our student Signature Work including research opportunities with a new Vietnam travel course and the Signature Solutions article describing students' experiences in Vietnam firsthand!

Our Environmental Studies Program offers both a major and minor degree - with four unique ways to complete the major. Students can pursue a General Major or choose one of three areas of concentration: Ecology, Environmental Policy or International Environmental Sustainability.

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.

Read our full Mission Statement and Student Learning Goals.