What’s Your Major? Environmental Studies

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Environmental studies really spoke to Joshua Kostanski, part of Wheelock College’s Class of 2017

Joshua Kostanski He chose Wheelock because he felt its mission to improve the lives of children and families is vital and his major directly supports that mission. “If there’s no environment and no planet, then we can’t even begin to start our mission,” he says. Kostanski’s goal upon graduating is to go into the field of animal conservation, working to preserve animal species.


“It’s important that we understand how everything is interconnected”


In four of his classes, Kostanski is working in a partnership with Boston Nature Center, where he is helping to launch an initiative to move people from standard energy sources to renewable energy sources. “Everything is intertwined,” he says. “The environment isn’t just this separate entity outside of people. We all coexist within an environment, so it’s important that we understand how everything is interconnected and how it has an impact on everything else.”

Environmental Studies at Wheelock College

The Environmental Studies Major offers you a degree with the flexibility to explore the social, cultural, and scientific issues behind environmental issues and sustainability. As the population of the world grows, demands for energy, water, and food increase. These needs, in addition to changes in climate, promise to be defining issues of the century.

In addition to core courses in the natural sciences, you will also take courses in a variety of disciplines, such as math, health, food, energy, biodiversity history, or policy. This interdisciplinary approach will enable you to relate abstract concepts in the natural sciences to real-world issues. You will utilize problem solving skills to examine complex issues and you will develop strong communication skills as you articulate your viewpoint to others.

The environmental studies major can be a standalone or combined with other Professional and Arts and Sciences majors and minors. You may also minor in Sustainability with courses at Wheelock and through the Colleges of the Fenway consortium.