Environmental and Sustainability Studies Department

Apply Visit Request Info

Environmental and Sustainability Studies majors and minors explore complex relationships between humans and the environment. This interdisciplinary program emphasizes hands-on learning through collaborative projects, practical-skills courses, undergraduate research, global learning, service- and community-based learning and internships. All of this prepares students for jobs in a variety of industries.

Guilford itself has a strong commitment to sustainability. The Guilford College Farm, an important source of local food for the campus, continues a 120-year history of farming at Guilford. Students can participate in the farm based on such individual interests as recycling and composting; planting, harvesting, packaging and distributing food; reducing hunger; and conducting water-quality research and ecosystem surveys.

Guilford is one of the few colleges in the country to hold a grant from the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation. Funds from this grant provide scholarships for study abroad and internship opportunities related to the environment. Scholars receiving support from this fund have studied in Italy, New Zealand, Mexico, Thailand and Bhutan.


Majors and Minors

It is very rewarding to work at a small, innovative nonprofit organization working to improve the environmental health of Baltimore's under-served communities.

Carl Simon '07
Director of Programs, Blue Water Baltimore
  • Environmental Studies (A.B.) Major and MinorEnvironmental Studies is an interdisciplinary major that requires a second disciplinary major and an adviser in each. With core courses in modern environmental problems and environmental planning, as well as focused electives, the major requires a minimum of 32 credit hours, and the minor/study track requires 16 credit hours.
  • Sustainable Food Systems (A.B) Major and MinorSustainable Food Systems is an interdisciplinary major. With core courses in sustainable agriculture and regional food, as well as focused electives, the major requires a minimum of 45 credit hours, and the minor requires 20 credit hours.
  • Cape Fear River Basin Track: This minor/study track explores complex social-environmental systems through the lens of shared water, with specific emphasis on social and environmental responsibility through experiences and relationships within our watershed. The minor requires 16 credit hours.

Environmental and Sustainability Studies Department News and Events

A Career for the Birds

A Career for the Birds

Meredith Hudson '17 is encouraged and enlightened by nature, her study abroad experiences and by her professors and hopes to use that inspiration to preserve vulnerable ecosystems.

Quaker Values in Motion — Pursuing Global Justice

Quaker Values in Motion — Pursuing Global Justice

Heather Scavone ’03 leads upper-level students as they serve refugees, immigrants, asylum-seekers and victims of human-trafficking through the Humanitarian Immigration Law Clinic at Elon University.

Finding Her Voice

Finding Her Voice

Dima Hanania ’12 found a place at Guilford where she was valued and accepted for who she is - and raised her voice to empower others.

Contact Us

Damon Akins

Damon Akins

Associate Professor of History

Kyle Dell

Kyle Dell

Associate Professor of Political Science/Associate Academic Dean

Dave Dobson

Dave Dobson

Professor of Geology

Tom Guthrie

Tom Guthrie

Professor of Sociology and Anthropology

Marlene McCauley

Marlene McCauley

Professor of Geology

Jason Millington

Jason Millington

Part Time Lecturer in Environmental Studies

Holly Peterson

Holly Peterson

Assistant Professor of Geology

Bronwyn Tucker

Bronwyn Tucker

Visiting Instructor ofr Environmental Studies