The Environmental Studies major requires that students understand both natural and human systems. We further require that students develop proficiency in communicating ideas, develop basic quantitative analytical skills, and build specific skills that support their individual goals. Students majoring in Environmental Studies proceed through three key Integrative courses beginning with our introductory course (INTD 22500: Humans and the Environment) and ending with our capstone course (EVST 48000: Senior Seminar); take a series of required courses from an array of disciplines to build a multidisciplinary foundation; and select four to six elective courses to complete an emphasis in either Natural Systems, Human Social Systems, or Communicating Complexity.

To further strengthen each student's Hiram experience, an internship is required. The internship is typically carried out with an off-campus organization, although on-campus opportunities related to campus sustainability or faculty research are sometimes available. Internships are typically accomplished in the summer between the junior and senior year.

Major Requirements (59-62 credit hours)

Required courses (total 9 credit hours):

  • Humans and the Environment (INTD 22500) (typically taken in the first or second-year)
  • Interdisciplinary Readings in Environmental Studies (EVST 28000) (typically taken in the second year)
  • Senior Seminar (EVST 48000) (taken in the last year)

Additional elective integrative courses are available in the College's selection of Interdisciplinary (INTD) courses.

Required courses (total 1 credit hours):

  • EVST 49800 Internship (this course follows the internship experience and is offered each spring)

Additional elective courses in this area may be drawn from any department and may include such diverse subjects as Geographic Information Systems (GIS), photography, and scuba diving.

Required courses (total 11-12 credit hours):

  • Ecology (EVST 24100)
  • One two-course sequence of introductory sciences selected from the following three options:

1.  Environmental Geology (GEOL 20900) & Chemistry in Context (CHEM 10100)
2.  General Chemistry I & II (CHEM 12000 & CHEM 12100)
3.  Principles of Physics I & II (PHYS 11300 & PHYS 11400)

Additional elective courses in this area may be drawn from any of the natural and physical sciences.

Required courses (total 12credit hours):

  • Principles of Microeconomics (ECON 20100)
  • Environmental Activism and Policy (EVST 33800)
  • Either Environmental History (HIST 24000 ), Environmental Ethics (PHIL 27000), Wild and Sacred (RELG 38000), or alternative approved by EVST faculty

Additional elective courses in this area are typically drawn from the social sciences and humanities but can be found in almost every department across campus and diverse selections within the College's INTD offerings.


  • Required courses (total 10-12 credit hours):
  • Two courses in Communication or Writing
  • Statistics (MATH 10800) or Methods in Decision Making (MATH 13200)

Additional elective courses in this area are typically drawn from Communication and Writing but may include Art, Computer Science, Math, Music, and Theater.


A minimum of four 3-4 credit elective courses (totaling 12-16 credit hours).  Selected in consultation with EVST advisor to complete an emphasis in one of the following areas (for a list of courses within each emphasis area, go here and scroll down):

  • Natural Systems
  • Human Social Systems
  • Communicating Complexity

A NOTE ABOUT GENERAL EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS: It is relatively easy for EVST majors to pick up at least five Core Curriculum Requirements (CA, CM, ES, MM, SM, and UD—see College Catalog for descriptions) as they meet course requirements for the major. And because the EVST major is interdisciplinary (INTD), students in this major meet the college's INTD general education requirements without specifically taking the INTD and Team Taught INTD required of all Hiram students.

Find a printable pdf of major requirements here.

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