Environmental and Sustainability Studies Department

Environmental Studies

A.B., Major, Minor, Interdisciplinary


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Study. Research. Get Your Hands Dirty.

Get out into the field and experience nature around the world as an Environmental Studies major or minor.

The program focuses on justice, global
 awareness and service to the larger community while respecting the concept of nature as sacred.
 Through collaborative classroom learning, such as the development of a comprehensive, interdisciplinary forest-management plan involving more than a dozen programs across campus, as well as well-developed study-abroad experiences, you’ll expand your knowledge of core environmental principles, including systems thinking, resilience theory and human-centered design.

Imagine going to the Ecoquest Education Foundation, an applied field studies program in New Zealand, where you have the opportunity to gain experience in ecology, resource management and environmental policy. The School for Field Studies offers a wide variety of programs and locations designed to explore local environmental problems and engage in field research.

Guilford also offers a cooperative program with Duke University leading to graduate study in natural resources and the environment. The program accepts students after three years of undergraduate study or upon completion of the baccalaureate degree.

Major/minor requirements and course descriptions are available in the online version of the Guilford College Catalog. Use the keyboard shortcuts Control F for PC or Command F for Mac to search the document for your program.

Hands-on Learning

Environmental and Sustainability Studies students have received hands-on training at the following, and many students have earned continued employment after their internships:

  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
  • Student Conservation Association
  • National Park Service
  • Migrant Justice
  • Local and regional planning departments, including the Piedmont
  • Triad Regional Council and Winston-Salem Planning Department