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Environmental Studies at ESF

The Environmental Studies program emphasizes interdisciplinary social science, humanities and natural science approaches to environmental understanding and stewardship.

ES programs maintain a strong academic orientation, facilitating student and faculty engagement with fundamental environmental challenges and dynamics such as multiple and conflicting levels of environmental governance, participatory democracy, sustainable development, uses and limits of scientific prediction, discourses of environment, cultural expressions of nature, risk, and ecological sustainability.

ES offers:

Located in Syracuse, New York, nestled between the beautiful Finger Lakes region and the Adirondack Mountains, our department is home to the state's premier Environmental Studies undergraduate and graduate degree programs, as well as ESF's outstanding Environmental Writing Program. With a campus neighboring Syracuse University, students at ESF experience a small campus community along with the resources a large university has to offer.

Division of General Education (Gen Ed)

ESF's nascent Division of General Education is designed to provide a cohesive, comprehensive and meaningful experience for students beyond simply taking gen ed courses as part of their degree requirements. General Education is at the core of ESF's educational mission. It fosters students' engagement with a broad, yet integrated, intellectual journey based on fundamental skills of critical thinking and communication. stained glass panel with wild mountainscape imageChallenging educational experiences associated with gen ed coursework prepare students to become well-rounded, inspired global citizens who ask good questions, engage with the world, and serve as impactful leaders and innovative problem solvers.

Gen Ed includes:

  • Humanities/Social Science/The Arts Program 
  • Environmental Writing Program
  • Math Program
  • Physics Program, currently housed in the Department of Chemistry
  • English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) Program, and
  • Contributing faculty with their academic home in other departments who teach General Education courses

Most Gen Ed faculty will have their academic home in the Department of Environmental Studies, which also serves as the administrative home for the academic responsibilities associated with the Division.