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Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies Dartmouth College


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We motivate and prepare students to rise to the challenges and opportunities associated with human-environment interactions. Environmental degradation is an escalating problem from local to global scales. Training students to understand and address these environmental problems is our core mission and is why we believe that environmental studies is an essential component of a modern liberal arts education.

The field of Environmental Studies views the earth, and our place in it, as a set of complex, interacting socio-ecological systems. To understand this complexity, ENVS draws on concepts and methods from the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities, as complementary lenses through which to view these systems. But we also seek to overcome the limitations of any one of these perspectives by applying innovative approaches that integrate the traditional disciplines in new and productive ways. Research and teaching strengths in the program include environmental governance, ecosystem science, environmental and ecological economics, biodiversity conservation, climate change, and sustainable food systems.

A defining element of environmental studies is active engagement with real-world environmental problems. One contemporary concept we employ to frame this practical engagement is sustainability. The quest for sustainability asks the difficult question, how can humans live well on the planet without compromising the ability of current and future generations to do the same? A number of our courses have a specific focus on “hands-on” engagement with sustainability (ENVS 3: Environment and Society: Towards Sustainability, ENVS 50: Environmental Problem Analysis and the Africa Foreign Study Program).

The major in environmental studies requires introductory courses, core courses, elective focus courses, and the culminating experience course (see ENVS major worksheet below). We believe the interdisciplinary nature of environmental studies requires this number of courses to ensure students gain fundamental skills in the areas of environmental science and studies before they move into elective focus courses.


The Environmental Studies major prepares students for careers as leaders in understanding and addressing complex environmental issues from a problem-oriented, interdisciplinary perspective. Students:

Master core concepts and methods from ecological and physical sciences and their application in environmental problem solving.
Master core concepts and methods from economic, political, and social analysis as they pertain to the design and evaluation of environmental policies and institutions.
Appreciate the ethical, cross-cultural, and historical context of environmental issues and the links between human and natural systems.
Understand the transnational character of environmental problems and ways of addressing them, including interactions across local to global scales.
Apply systems concepts and methodologies to analyze and understand interactions between social and environmental processes.
Reflect critically about their roles and identities as citizens, consumers and environmental actors in a complex, interconnected world.
Demonstrate proficiency in quantitative methods, qualitative analysis, critical thinking, and written and oral communication needed to conduct high-level work as interdisciplinary scholars and/or practitioners.

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Here are the different ways in which you can study Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies.

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees

$55,605.00 (42,04,711) per year




School of Arts and Sciences


New Hampshire,

03755, United States

Entry requirement for international students

Students must have high school equivalent to USA. A strong GPA in high school is one indicator that you will continue to do well in college.

Most successful applicants score above 100 on the TOEFL exam or above 7 on IELTS.

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