Lobby Day 2017
New IWU-funded Vietnam travel course on sustainable developing offers breakthrough Signature Work for ES students
ES students working at an organic farm in the Philippines in fully-funded summer internships
Costa Rica 2014
Presenting campus composting research at JWP student research conference
Environmental Resources
Ecology class explores Loch Maree in the Scottish Highlands.
Jinny Alexander manages a controlled burn in her biology class

"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.

At Illinois Wesleyan, our interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Program is designed to educate a new generation of students who are critical and creative thinkers, committed to advancing environmental sustainability both locally and globally.

We offer 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 acquire 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.