Environmental Studies is an inherently transdisciplinary field arising from the interaction of Western-based natural and social sciences with other sources of wisdom and tradition. The Environmental Studies 36-credit major is designed to empower students to develop the knowledge base and skill set needed to address complex environmental issues.
The Environmental Studies curriculum integrates the complex and interconnected relationships of the natural environment, human culture, and personal experiences. These relationships are studied through five interrelated strands: field science, sacred ecology, sustainability, permaculture, and environmental history and justice.
Environmental Studies at Naropa University integrates a deep understanding of the living world through the study of science, systems, sacred ecology, historic and contemporary environmental movements, diverse perspectives and wisdom, and contemplation, as well as engaging in hands-on, community-based work. We believe that through critical examination and understanding, engaging in deep relationships, and developing appropriate skills, humans can learn how to respond to the rapidly increasing degradation of our natural resources, and creatively move forward with resiliency for a more balanced, sustainable relationship with the living world.
BA majors are required to complete an individual senior project in the final year of the program. The project can take the form of either a traditional senior thesis paper or a community-based project. This requirement is fulfilled by completing ENV480, Senior Project.
The Environmental Studies program has fostered partnerships with community organizations where students can arrange internships and co-create meaningful independent study opportunities that supplement the Environmental Studies curriculum.