Our Mission

The Program in Environmental Studies at Fort Lewis College engages students with an interdisciplinary, liberal arts education taught by an active community of scholars in the arts, humanities, and natural and social sciences. Faculty are dedicated to helping students and community members form a holistic understanding of the relationships between human and natural systems and cultivating the skills necessary to engage the search for long-term, sustainable solutions to problems at local, regional, national, and international levels. The core of this broad understanding and search for solutions involves both conceptual and practical dimensions; it is based on rigorous intellectual inquiry and innovative teaching. Students in the Program confront converging environmental problems such as climate change; population growth; energy and peak oil; resource shortages; loss of biodiversity; and sustainable models of production and development.