Environmental Studies

You never know what you'll discover in Environmental Studies.You never know what you'll discover in Environmental Studies.

The Environmental Studies Program at Lake Forest College gets students out of the classroom and into the field. Students are immersed in an interdisciplinary conversation with their local and global environments, and discover their place within them. Whether it’s on-campus initiatives like composting research on behalf of the the campus garden, or volunteering with community organizations like the Lake Forest Open Lands Association, students develop the knowledge and skills to engage with current environmental opportunities and challenges. 

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Our Program

Our Environmental Studies Program is an interdisciplinary program that looks at the environment from a diversity of disciplinary perspectives. The environment can be studied as the set of natural systems that determines the health of the planet, or as the variety of ways humans have influenced the environment around them. Our program values the perspectives of many different disciplines from the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities, and guides students through an interdisciplinary approach to analyzing and addressing environmental issues. Its majors also learn the value of using an interdisciplinary approach to understanding issues in the environment. Majors are encouraged and given the flexibility to develop their individual interests as they can be applied to efforts in environmental studies.  

Learning in and out of the classroom

The Environmental Studies program provides opportunities for students to learn in the classroom and in the field.  We currently have students volunteering at several organizations in the city of Lake Forest—including the Wildlife Discovery Center and the Lake Forest Open Lands Association—as well as on campus, including the Lake Forest College Community Garden. Students here have the opportunity to direct and develop their interests into real learning experiences. 

Department News

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    Using the outdoors as their lab and lecture hall, students in Spring Flora of the Great Lakes learn to identify at least 150 species of wildflowers, grasses, trees, shrubs, and other plants.

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    The Vermont Law School professor and retired Dean of Forestry at Yale University discussed the need for a new global environmentalism in his talk on March 17, 2015.
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    Notes from Abroad is a new feature on the Off-Campus Programs website, in which we highlight small snippets of a student’s experience.  This week’s feature is from Rachel Lertzman ’16, an Environmental Studies and Politics major currently studying abroad in Botswana, South Africa as part of the ACM Botswana program.

Faculty

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Internships

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Alumni

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