Environmental Studies is a discipline that explores relationships between humans and the natural world. Students study the built and natural environment, learn about human views and interactions with nature, and examine ways that politics, economics, the sciences, history, ethics, and philosophy influence human behavior in the natural world. Students who major in Environmental Studies are prepared to become thoughtful and effective environmental professionals, whatever career path they ultimately choose.
A recent survey of Eckerd College Environmental Studies graduates found that students use their Environmental Studies degree to launch careers in such diverse fields as environmental education, natural resource management, parks and recreation, environmental and urban planning, landscape architecture, environmental law and policy making, scientific journalism, public health, nature photography, nature filmmaking, and environmental art. Approximately 1/3 of all Environmental Studies graduates go on to graduate or professional school within 5 years of graduation.