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Naropa Launches Online BA Degree in Environmental Studies

Young man sitting with a laptop out in natureBOULDER, COLORADOJanuary 8, 2024Naropa University takes a step towards enhancing accessibility and meeting the evolving needs of students by announcing its new online bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies. This innovative curriculum embodies Naropa’s unwavering commitment to transformative education and aligns with the pressing concerns of the modern world.

This program provides opportunities for students to work with social systems change, conflict transformation and regenerative approaches to climate change and climate grief. Today’s students seek preparation for climate disasters and economic collapse, and this program offers strategies to meet the demands of a changing world.

A Transformational Educational Experience

Launching in Fall 2024, the 39-credit online program offers a well-structured pathway for developing leadership skills and contemplative practice, as well as a deep understanding of eco justice, sustainability, and environmental philosophy.

Chair of the BA Environmental Studies Online program Stephanie Yuhas further explains, “Our program includes practical applications to create change at a local level, incorporate sustainability theories, and discover Joanna Macy’s work in environmental advocacy, which prepares students for a transition to the ’Great Turning’ from the industrial growth society. Students develop their inner resources to engage the social skills needed to bring our world into awareness of food justice, economic equality, and preparation for climate change.”

Curriculum Highlights

  • ENV 350e: Nature, the Sacred, and Contemplation
  • ENV 401e: Environmental Leadership Skills 
  • ENV 363e: Indigenous Environmental Issues
  • ENV 411e: Science for Sustainability 
  • ENV 355e: Environmental Justice 
  • ENV 361e: Spiritual Ecology
  • ENV 370e: Environmental Philosophy and Ecopsychology

Adaptability & Student-Centric Learning

Complementing Naropa’s in-person curriculum, the Environmental Studies Online program embraces individual innovation, allowing students to tailor their educational experience to match their passions and career goals. With multiple facets focusing on Action, Contemplation, Justice, and Theory, students can choose specialized courses that resonate with their aspirations, all while nurturing a deep connection with the environment.

Aligning with Naropa's Mission & Values

At Naropa, we believe in empowering students to become compassionate, innovative leaders capable of addressing the world’s most pressing issues. The BA in Environmental Studies  Online curriculum mirrors this commitment by infusing coursework with contemplative practices, social responsibility, and mindful action. By fostering a deep understanding of the interconnectedness between humans and nature, Naropa equips students to make a meaningful impact on the global environmental landscape.

The online bachelor’s degree in Environmental Studies is now accepting applications. 

About Naropa University

Naropa University, based in Boulder, Colorado, is a nonsectarian liberal arts institution dedicated to advancing contemplative education. Offering a diverse range of undergraduate and graduate degree programs, Naropa combines academic excellence with mindfulness, preparing students to become effective leaders and compassionate human beings.

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Naropa Campuses Closed on Friday, March 15, 2024

Due to adverse weather conditions, all Naropa campuses will be closed Friday, March 15, 2024.  All classes that require a physical presence on campus will be canceled. All online and low-residency programs are to meet as scheduled.

Based on the current weather forecast, the Healing with the Ancestors Talk & Breeze of Simplicity program scheduled for Friday evening, Saturday, and Sunday will be held as planned.

Staff that do not work remotely or are scheduled to work on campus, can work remotely. Staff that routinely work remotely are expected to continue to do so.

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Regardless of Naropa University’s decision, if you ever believe the weather conditions are unsafe, please contact your supervisor and professors.  Naropa University trusts you to make thoughtful and wise decisions based on the conditions and situation in which you find yourself in.