Hiram College

Environmental Studies

Traditional Undergraduate


Hiram College was a pioneer in Environmental Studies, now one of the fastest-growing undergraduate programs in the U.S., and we continue to be a leader and innovator in this field. Students who make their way to Environmental Studies at Hiram are diverse in their interests and experiences, but they share an underlying desire to help solve problems and change the world.

Our Mission

The Mission Hiram College’s Department of Environmental Studies is to offer opportunities for students to become informed and responsible citizens of the world by gaining the breadth and expertise to critically evaluate and communicate about issues that concern our complex relationship with the environment at a local and global scale.

Who are Hiram’s Environmental Studies Students?

Environmental Studies majors and minors diligently integrate classroom experiences with campus jobs, internships, and service projects. They are intrigued by not only the natural world, but also the communities and concepts that construct human civilization. Students in Environmental Studies might also pursue Natural History, Political Science, Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Public Health, Communication, or one of the other academic programs that Hiram has to offer. 

A “Big Picture” View

Because environmental issues are always also social issues, understanding them requires knowledge of natural and human social systems, and how they interact. Hiram’s Environmental Studies major and minor are specially designed to help students integrate the diverse knowledge and skills necessary for understanding and addressing complex socio-environmental problems. The program includes training in:

  • natural systems
  • human social systems
  • communicating about complex interdependent systems
  • relevant practical skills

Through our integrative curriculum and emphases on systems-thinking, hands-on learning, and communication, students acquire the knowledge, experiences, and skills they need to excel—in their professional roles, as graduate students, and as agents of change in their communities.

Scholarships & Awards

  • The TREE House

    The Teaching, Research, and Environmental Engagement House is the home of Hiram’s environmental studies program. This house, built in 1901, underwent a “deep energy retrofit” and reopened in October 2014 as a model of energy efficiency and sustainability.

  • The Field Stations

    Hiram College has two field stations. Less than three miles from campus, the James H. Barrow Biological Field Station is an active research and educational facility. Located in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, we have a beautiful camp called the Northwoods Field Station.

  • Sustainability at Hiram

    Hiram College is dedicated to enhancing sustainability at global, national, and local levels. That's why students, faculty, and staff across the campus are busy learning about and doing things that contribute to a more sustainable world.

  • Study Abroad

    Environmental Studies students take advantage of opportunities to study with Hiram faculty in exciting places like Bhutan, Zambia, Galapagos, Alaska, the Gulf of Mexico, and the Gulf Coast.

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Debbie Kasper, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Environmental Studies


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