1. Students will be able to explain how a wide range of interdisciplinary factors (social sciences, natural sciences and humanities) contribute to environmental issues. They will also be able to explain how environmental factors connect to social and political concerns, including cultural conflicts, the built environment, ethical issues, human health, economic issues, poverty, and war.
  2. Students will develop skills in detecting and conceptualizing complex connections in real-world environmental issues based on their experiences with engaged projects. For example, the role of natural and social science perspectives, as well as humanities (such as ethics), methodologies, politics, and interpersonal relations. This implies a capacity to engage in real-world problem solving.
  3. Students will be able to connect global environmental concerns to local places and communities and address environmental problems in a global context and from diverse cultural and geographic perspectives.
  4. Students will gain depth in an environmental issue by choosing a track (sustainability, food, or climate studies). Within this track they will draw on practical experience from internships and projects to reflect critically on received theories.

Department Contact Info


Schimmel/Conrades Science Center 202
Ohio Wesleyan University
Delaware, OH 43015

Department Contacts

Interim Chair: Nathan Rowley
Associate Professor of Environment & Sustainability
Schimmel/Conrades Science Center 202
740-368-3619 | nrowley@owu.edu

Academic Assistant: Joshua Seiders
Schimmel/Conrades Science Center 201
740-368-3907 | jjseiders@owu.edu