Because the Environmental Studies students and faculty recognize the value of students applying their interdisciplinary learning to problem solving and research in the community, Community Based Learning and Research (CBLR) opportunities are a centerpiece of the Environmental Studies program. Students who major in Environmental Studies are required to engage in CBLR. Since ENVS students and faculty share concern about the health of current societies and the ecological systems of which societies are part, calling upon students to engage with our campus and local communities in productive, environmentally related work is a natural fit for ENVS. As a student, if you choose your CBLR experiences carefully, they can also serve as valuable career experience.
As an ENVS student, you’re also required to take ENVS 496, Senior Seminar. Although this course doesn’t specifically require engagement with the campus or local community, interested students are encouraged, where possible and relevant, to design research projects that include such engagement.
Take a look at previous internships and internship guidelines.
Community Internship (ENVS 410, 3 credits)
For ENVS 410, you are placed with a community organization, public agency, or local business to explore firsthand the skills and knowledge required to solve environmental problems. The Environmental Center may assist with finding an appropriate placement. You’ll complete a final report that demonstrates the educational and societal impacts of your internship experience. One-hundred-fifty hours of community-based learning the research is required.
ENVS 410 requires instructor permission for registration. As a student, in order to discuss possible internship placements, you must meet with the course professor during the term prior to that in which you take the course. You’re encouraged to begin thinking early in your program of study about the kind of work in which you would like to engage for ENVS 410. When you have a good idea of which topics and/or organizations with which you’re interested in working, the course instructor will more easily be able to assist with your placement. Also, when you’re able to tailor your experience in the course to suit your individual interests and talents, work done for this course can more easily serve as relevant career experience.
For students planning to enroll, see previous internships and internship checklist.
Environmental Colloquium (ENVS 395, 4 credits)
For this course, you’ll work in groups or as an entire class on an environmentally related community based project relevant to the campus and/or local community. The course instructor works with campus/local agencies, organizations and individuals to develop a project or projects for the class. The project can involve research, assessment, or analysis of ongoing programs, policy, or proposals for action. ENVS 395 is a capstone experience for both ENVS majors and for students minoring in Environmental Policy.
For students planning to enroll, see previous colloquia projects.
Senior Seminar in Environmental Studies (ENVS 496, 3 credits)
ENVS majors are also required to take ENVS 496. Although this course does not specifically require engagement with the campus or local community, interested students are encouraged, where possible and relevant, to design research projects that include such engagement.