Environmental Studies Concentration

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Environmental Studies Concentration

Marylhurst’s Environmental Studies program encourages students to explore the complex relationships between humans and the environment through interdisciplinary study. Students engage topics including ecosystems, biodiversity, and climate change, global environmental politics and justice, and the relationship between science, technology, and society. Students benefit from experiential learning with the opportunity to address systemic environmental issues through scholarship and hands-on practice.

This program is a concentration within Marylhurst’s B.A. in Liberal Studies degree that emphasizes interdisciplinary education in the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. The concentration curriculum allows you to both specialize in environmental studies and accrue highly-valued skills in the liberal arts and sciences, such as critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and ethics. Through interdisciplinary learning and inquiry, you will gain the skills and knowledge to apply the liberal arts to pressing environmental problems and solutions.

Earn your bachelor’s in Liberal Studies with a concentration in Environmental Studies. Now accepting applications for 2017.

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Environmental Studies Curriculum & Degree Requirements

To earn your Bachelor of Art in Liberal Studies from Marylhurst with an Environmental Studies concentration, you complete 180-quarter credits (through a combination of courses and by transferring in credits). The degree requirements feature three main areas:

Environmental Studies Focus

60 Credits

Address present-day environmental questions and issues through the exploration of intellectual traditions and historical developments that have influenced understandings of nature and society.  The Environmental Studies curriculum complements natural science learning and quantitative analytical skill development with a focus on policy and governance, social justice, sustainability, natural resources and consumption, and global environmental issues.

Students add environmental ethics, health and science to their repertoire, as they seek to understand the planet and dive deep into present day global environmental climate, change and policy issues.

Marylhurst Core

40 Credits

Gain applied liberal art skills in inquiry, critical thinking, writing, problem-solving and leadership through Marylhurst Core coursework. The Marylhurst Core is a series of classes focused on helping you become an informed citizen capable of understanding our complex world in complex ways. You will take courses from the following categories:

  • Analytical and Applied Learning
  • Academic Skills and Foundations
  • Core Values
  • Critical Reflection and Integrative Learning

General Electives

80 Credits

Select courses outside of Environmental Studies from Marylhurst’s diverse undergraduate programs to broaden and further customize your education to your career goals. This is where most students fine-tune their program and take courses that further enhance their degrees.

Because Marylhurst University is a degree completion institution, most MU students transfer in credit either from previous four-year institutions or from a community college to finish their major courses with us. On average, a typical MU student transfers in enough credits to meet the 76 general elective requirement.

Transfer Your Previous College Credit

Marylhurst University studentsThe majority of Marylhurst’s incoming students transfer in college credit from either community colleges or another four-year institution. The average credits transferred is about 45-to-50 credits and most students enter the university with the majority of their MU Core requirements completed. At Marylhurst, the average time to complete the B.A. in Liberal Studies and Environmental Studies coursework is three years.

Marylhurst is a degree completion institution meaning most of our students enter our university with some previous college credit; saving time and financial resources necessary to earn a degree.

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Careers in Environmental Studies

Students earning a bachelor’s degree in Liberal Studies develop and apply rigorous and professionally relevant liberal arts knowledge and skills to become better thinkers, decision makers and leaders in a wide variety of careers or in Flexible courses - Marylhurst Universityfurther study.

Marylhurst’s graduates find themselves prepared to lead solutions that address environmental issues with an understanding of environmental change through global, historical, socio-cultural and political-economic contexts. With an education in Environmental Studies the door is open to a vast spectrum of careers including work in environmental education, natural resource management, teaching, writing and environmental planning.

Based on the Bureau of Labor Statistics, environmental science careers are expected to grow by 11 percent in the next decade. Beyond that, new “green jobs” and career fields continue to be created as the professional world focuses on sustainable practices. That means more than 10,000 new jobs. A bachelor’s degree is required in most environmental science occupations, and the median income is just over $67,000 a year.

Environmental Studies: Sample Job Titles

As a graduate of Marylhurst’s Environmental Studies program, you have the advantage of a broad-based education in environmental studies infused with liberal arts skills that are highly sought after by potential employers. Here are sample job titles for those holding a B.A. in Liberal Studies:

  • Environmental specialist
  • Sustainability program coordinator
  • Science teacher *
  • Science museum exhibit coordinator/developer
  • International regulatory affairs coordinator
  • School programs coordinator
  • Environmental consultant
  • Healthcare relations specialist
  • Scientific associate *

Requires additional training or graduate-level coursework.

Career and Internship Services

As a Marylhurst student, you will have access to our Career and Internship Services team who offer everything from resume help to internship placement. And this service continues beyond your years with Marylhurst, as an alum, you have access to career management and assistance from our hands-on, caring team.

Exceptional Faculty

Sean Gillon - Food Systems Faculty - Marylhurst University“Marylhurst’s Liberal Studies degree with a concentration in Communications and Media is a career-focused program taught by practitioner faculty with years of experience within their industries. I look forward to working with you in this program as you move your career forward.”

~ Sean Gillon, Faculty Member and Department Chair of Interdisciplinary and Applied Liberal Arts

Marylhurst faculty within the Liberal Studies program hold advanced degrees from prestigious colleges and universities and many have been recognized for their professional accomplishments and academic credentials in the industry. Faculty are committed to student growth and collectively support students in a collaborative learning environment.

Because most of our faculty are also practitioners in their specialized field, you benefit from their network. Connections and relationships you build within your communication and media courses will give you a significant advantage in your career field.

We invite you to learn more about the communication and media faculty who support Marylhurst’s Liberal Studies program: View Faculty Biographies.

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