Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary major for the student who wants broad training in environmental themes. Environmental Studies majors select a primary disciplinary focus in biology, chemistry, economics, history, or political science.
Majors take the junior qualifying exam in their home department, as well as a research proposal-based junior qualifying exam evaluated by the Environmental Studies Committee.
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Environmental Studies Announcements
Greenberg Distinguished Scholar Program: William Cronon - two events
"The Riddle of Sustainability: A Surprisingly Short History of the Future", Wednesday, April 17, 6:00 p.m., Vollum Lecture Hall (Pre-lecture reception: 5:15 p.m., Vollum lounge).
“Landscapes of Frontier Change: Narratives of Environmental Change in the Art of the American West”, Thursday, April 18, 4:30 p.m., Vollum Lecture Hall.
William Cronon, Frederick Jackson Turner and Vilas Research Professor of History, Geography, and Environmental Studies, University of Wisconsin–Madison, studies American environmental history and the history of the American West. His research seeks to understand the history of human interactions with the natural world: how we depend on the ecosystems around us to sustain our material lives, how we modify the landscapes in which we live and work, and how our ideas of nature shape our relationships with the world around us. More about the Greenberg Distinguished Scholar Program here.
2013 Environmental Studies Colloquium. Wednesday, April 10, 5:00-6:00pm, Vollum CC116. Come join ES faculty and your fellow ES students for our first ES Colloquium. Pizza and beverages will be provided. The meeting will include a presentation from Prof. Noelwah Netusil about her current research, and a chance to meet with ES faculty and students to discuss the ES program and answer any questions you might have.
The meeting will begin with a short presentation by Prof. Noelwah Netusil from the Reed Econ Dept.: "Valuing Water Quality in Johnson Creek, Oregon" This research is a collaboration with Michael Kincaid (Reed, Math-Econ, '13) and Heejun Chang (Geography Dept, PSU). The second half of the meeting will provide the opportunity to talk with faculty and students about the ES program, course offerings for 2013-14, the ES major requirements (jr. qual, ES 300 junior seminar, the senior thesis), and any other topics of interest. Please RSVP to Susan Buttrick <buttrick at reed.edu> by April 9 so we can plan for the food.