Environmental Studies Department

Students learning environmental studies

 Faculty Insight

“Without inner change there can be no outer change. Without collective change, no change matters.”

— Rev. angel Kyodo williams
Guest Faculty, Naropa MA Resilient Leadership program


The Environmental Studies  department 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, social and environmental justice, 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 ecological crisis and return to harmonious, sustainable relationships within the living world.

The department offers a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and a Master of Arts in Resilient Leadership with two graduate tracks, Climate Justice and Sustainable Systems. Our undergraduate program offers students from other departments the following minors: Ecology and Systems Science, Environmental Justice, Food Justice, Permaculture, Sacred Ecology, and Sustainability. Undergraduate majors in Environmental Studies may also complete a teacher licensure in Elementary Education.

Students learning in the environmental classroom

Faculty Insight

“It is my experience that the world itself has a role to play in our liberation. Its very pressures, pains, and risks can wake us up -- release us from the bonds of ego and guide us home to our vast, true nature. For some of us, our love of the world is so passionate that we cannot ask it to wait until we are enlightened.”

— Joanna Macy
Guest Faculty, MA Resilient Leadership program