Student in environmental studies classroom

Learning Outcomes

  • Content knowledge: demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of urbanization, urban and regional planning, demonstrate comprehensive knowledge of urbanization, urban and regional planning, environmental and land use planning, the interplay of humans and the environment, and the role of the major environmental agencies, laws, and regulations.

  • Methods: apply environmental planning and analysis methods and the geospatial technologies of Geographic Information Systems (GIS), remote sensing, and mapping to analyze environmental situations and conditions.

  • Communication methods: communicate data, ideas, and interpretations (through written, oral, visual, and digital means).

  • Critical thinking: think critically about the interplay of humans and the environment by integrating the physical/nature science aspects of geography with the social, cultural, economic, and political aspects at the local, regional, and global spatial scales.

  • Ethics: evaluate the ethical issues surrounding environmental policy.

Program Requirements

Program Requirements

Major Requirements

All students must satisfy a general education requirement consisting of ten (10) courses outside of the major department. The General Education Domain III.C (Global Competency, Ethical Reasoning, and/or Human Diversity) requirement is satisfied through the completion of the Environmental Studies and Sustainability major.

Course Requirements

Career Opportunities

Environmental Studies and Social Justice majors will be prepared to pursue career opportunities across a wide range of exciting fields, including:

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Sustainability Consulting

Help clients measure and then improve their sustainability performance.

Urban Designer

Work with developers, communities, architects, and more to create better spaces.

Urban Planner

Develop plans to create communities, accommodate population growth, and revitalize facilities.

Policy Analyst

Research and study environmental policies and laws to advocate for improvements.

Social Justice Organizer

Conduct public presentations, manage organizational partners, and resource development.

Educator

Work with staff, faculty and students with a focus on student success, equity, and social justice.

Meet Our Faculty

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Amy Johnston, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Environment, Society, & Sustainability
Santosha Adhibhatta

Santosha Adhibhatta, PhD

Assistant Professor, Environment, Society, & Sustainability
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Kristin Chon

Assistant Professor, Environment, Society, & Sustainability
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Carl Hakansson

Professor, Environment, Society, & Sustainability

Learn More

If the Environmental Studies and Social Justice major sounds like a good fit but you would like to learn more, contact Admissions at admissions [at] framigham.edu or 508-626-4500.

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