Environmental Studies

Signature Experience

Signature Experiences come in many forms that relate to Environmental Studies, including our study abroad and off-campus coursework, community internships or research opportunities.

Additionally, our curriculum is built to scaffold in skills and knowledge that culminate in a capstone experience “Creating a Sustainable Society” where students work collaboratively with peers to address sustainability challenges locally or globally.

Ojaswee Shrestha experiments with biological pest controls in a fully-funded summer internship at the International Rice Research Institute
Ojaswee Shrestha experiments with biological pest controls in a fully-funded summer internship at the International Rice Research Institute

As an environmental studies student you can choose your path, and customize your experience. Whether you want to think globally or act locally, Environmental Studies has a signature experience that is right for you.

Research

Students are able to participate in research on campus or during study abroad opportunities. All IWU students can apply for the Eckley Summer Scholars and Artists Endowment to work full-time on campus over the summer as scholars and artists under the supervision of a faculty member.

 

 

Sam Yoest completes her internship with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency
Sam Yoest completes her internship with the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency

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. 

 

 

Study Abroad & Off-Campus Opportunities

There are a multitude of international study abroad or domestic off-campus options available for those interested in Environmental Studies (ES). Programs that have been particularly popular with our students include SIT (School for International Training) in Tanzania and Australia, DIS (Study Abroad in Scandinavia) in Denmark, and various other programs in New Zealand, the UK, and Ecuador.

All of our ES majors are strongly encouraged to study abroad.