Environmental Studies

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Department of Environmental Studies TREE House Project named winner of the Portage Park District Foundation's 2015 Environmental Education Award.

 

Hiram College's Environmental Studies program helps students become systems-thinkers.

Along with problem-solving skills, creativity, and versatility, systems-thinking is a trait widely sought by employers, and is an absolute necessity for responding to the complex problems of our time.  Because "environmental issues" are always also social issues, understanding them requires knowledge of natural and human social systems, and how they interact. The Environmental Studies major and minor are specially designed to help students attain, integrate, and convey the diverse knowledge and skills needed to understand and address complex socio-environmental problems.

The foundation of the program includes training in natural systems, human social systems, means of effectively communicating about complex interdependent systems, and relevant practical skills. In addition, Environmental Studies majors identify one of three areas of emphasis—Natural Systems, Human Social Systems, or Communicating Complexity—that best matches their interests and personal and professional goals.  With the help of an adviser, each student then crafts a personalized combination of elective courses within that area of emphasis.

 

For more information about current course offerings and specific major and minor requirements, please see "Courses and Requirements.

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For advising and more information, please contact:

  • Michael Benedict, Department Chair and Associate Professor
  • 330.569.6048
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