Environmental Studies

The Environmental Studies major equips students with knowledge, tools and opportunities to engage with environmental and social issues spawned from the dynamics of globalization, human population, economic activity, and societal values.

The program instills in each student a personal sense of environmental stewardship, including an appreciation and understanding of sustainability from ecological and socioeconomic perspectives. Coursework includes, but is not limited to, Environmental Issues in the Developing World; Diffusion of Environmental Innovations; Watershed Management; and Environmental Reclamation. Opportunities to conduct independent research and/or complete an internship are available.

The Environmental Studies major and minor are associated with the Department of Environmental Studies. A major requires 10 courses, including biology, philosophy and history courses, and a minor requires six. Additional course information is available in the W&J College Catalog.


Patrick J. Caffrey, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History

John J. Gregor, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics and Business

Jennifer Logan Bayline, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Chemistry

James G. March, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology

Lauryn S. Mayer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of English

Stuart J. Miller, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology

Dana J. Shiller, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Department Chair of English

Robert M. East, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Director of the Environmental Studies Program

Jason S. Kilgore, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology

Thomas A. Contreras, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Biology

Michael S. Pettersen, Ph.D.
Professor of Physics

Mark D. Swift, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Department Chair of Music

Gregg Osborne, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Philosophy

Nichole Fifer
Assistant Professor of Political Science