As an environmental studies major, you will join a growing number of students, faculty and staff on campus committed to helping you achieve personal, community and global goals for a more sustainable future.
Environmental studies (ENVS) is an interdisciplinary program that emphasizes the relationship between humans and the environment. It allows students to study and address a fundamental issue of our times — the quality of the Earth’s environment and the sustainable use of its natural resources. The program’s focus on justice, global awareness, service to the larger community and the concept of “Nature as sacred” are in keeping with Guilford’s five academic principles and its Quaker heritage.
There are many opportunities for students to further develop their knowledge outside of the traditional classroom. Guilford is one of the few colleges in the country to hold a grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, whose purpose is to “preserve and protect the environment.” Funds from this grant provide scholarship for study abroad and internship opportunities that demonstrate values and interest for the environment.
Guilford offers ENVS students transformative study abroad experiences. Through field- based learning and research, our students engage in global environmental issues and expand their understanding of core principles.
The ENVS department highlights the following programs for ENVS students:
The Ecoquest Education Foundation, an applied field studies program in New Zealand, offers participants the chance to gain applied field experience in ecology, resource management and environmental policy.
School for Field Studies
The School for Field Studies offers a wide variety of programs and locations designed to explore local environmental problems and engage students in field research. Students attending School for Field Studies programs regularly participate in the Guilford Undergraduate Research Symposium (GUS) each Spring.
Interested in Study Abroad? View a past ENVS study abroad opportunity: Tour of Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands.
Internships and Volunteer Opportunities
National and International Opportunities:
The environmental studies department holds a forum every spring that showcases student and class projects including Study Abroad, interdisciplinary projects, film documentaries and individual research.
Every year ENVS students present original research at Guilford’s Undergraduate Symposium.