The Environmental Studies Program at Sewanee offers students an unusually rich array of curricular options with two majors, two minors, and a certificate. This expansive curriculum—including natural and social sciences as well as the humanities and fine arts—offers students multiple pathways for appreciating the ecological complexity and wonder of the earth we inhabit. The Program’s spread of curricular options across two majors enables majors students to develop not only depth of exposure to key fields and methodologies of study, but also cross-disciplinary breadth of understanding. This broad-gauged outlook is crucial for graduates looking to address the inherently interdisciplinary challenges of environmental study in today’s world. Students enrolled in the two majors also share the chance for common exposure to the Program’s team-taught offering, “Introduction to Environmental Studies”, as well as involvement in various other collaborative opportunities and occasions for interaction across academic disciplines.
A major asset of the Environmental Studies Program at Sewanee is the unparalleled opportunity for field study available throughout the University’s 13,000-acre land-base, commonly known as “the Domain.” This extensive tract includes extensive woodlands, lakes, trails, caves, and bluffs that surround the central campus and encompass the residential village of Sewanee. The Domain’s amalgamation of wildlife preserve, working forest, farmland, and settlements thus offers students and faculty members rare benefit as a “living laboratory” for inquiry.
The two majors available are those in Environmental Arts and Humanities and Environment and Sustainability. Other closely associated majors are Ecology and Biodiversity (housed in Biology) and Natural Resources and the Environment (housed in Forestry and Geology). Each major requires eleven courses, including a senior capstone seminar.