Environmental Studies

Part of GW’s Department of Geography in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the environmental studies program offers coursework related to sustainability with an emphasis on the science of the environment. It includes a variety of offerings in the social sciences, physical and life sciences, and the humanities. The program serves as preparation for analyzing broad-based environmental and development policy, both domestically and internationally.

Related Majors, Minors, and Concentrations

In addition to a Bachelor of Arts in environmental studies, students can also major or minor in geography or minor in geographic information systems.  As an alternative track the Sustainability Minor is also available to students.

What can I expect to learn in the Environmental Studies program at GW?

After taking a core group of foundational courses, students will select from offerings in science courses (including biological sciences, chemistry, geology and geography) and 'society' courses in economics, geography, history and public policy.

What is the Environmental Studies community like at GW?

Environmental studies is a platform for student engagement on many levels. Students can gain experience outside the classroom through internship and service opportunities in the Washington, D.C., area, including government agencies and environmental organizations. Students can also participate in campus organizations such as Green GW and the Food Justice Alliance.

What can I do in the Environmental Studies field?

Students with a B.A. in environmental studies have career opportunities in many fields. They can work in environmental management and policy, engage in ecological research, write environmental impact assessments, manage critical resources like water or work as planners. Many go on to graduate school and eventual careers as educators, managers and lawyers.