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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.

Choose your Focus

Our Environmental Studies Program offers both a major and minor degree, with three unique concentrations to complete the major: Nature and Society, Ecology, and Global Sustainability, Policy & Justice.


Opportunities to Explore


Abigail Jahiel - Professor of Environmental and International Studies

Department - Environmental Studies