Humans and the Environment
Denison’s Environmental Studies (ENVS) Program features engaging courses, accomplished faculty, top-notch facilities, small class sizes, and unique research and internship opportunities all geared to help prepare students to become tomorrow’s conservation leaders.
A Denison education trains men and women to think critically and analytically and to approach challenging issues from multiple perspectives. The curriculum in Environmental Studies at Denison, aimed at producing a sophisticated understanding of the complex relationships between human beings and the natural world, necessarily calls from students high-order problem-solving and the ability to draw upon the breadth of the sciences, social sciences, and the humanities.”
—Dr. Dale T. Knobel, Former President of Denison University
Among issues of concern and investigation are:
- Resource utilization
- The impact of technology on ecosystems
- Relationships between the environment and sociocultural systems
- Geographic information systems analysis
- Environmental economics and policy
- Conservation of biological diversity
- Nature writing, alternative dispute resolution
- Environmental psychology
- Environmental ethics
- And many others
Environmental studies is an interdisciplinary inquiry into the relationship between humans and the environment.The Denison Environmental Studies Program (ENVS) draws on work in the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and the arts. It endeavors to bridge these many intellectual approaches and perspectives in the hope that students will gain deeper understanding of the environmental problems facing the world and of proactive opportunities for change.
Both a major and a minor are available to students with an interest in the rigorous study of issues related to the relationship between humans and the environment. The major requires students to develop a specific environmental focus as a concentration in addition to the environmental core and distribution courses. The minor in ENVS allows students to integrate an environmental perspective with their major field of study.
Among issues of concern and investigation are resource utilization, the impact of technology on ecosystems, relationships between the environment and sociocultural systems, geographic analysis, environmental economics and policy, conservation of biological diversity, nature writing, alternative dispute resolution, environmental psychology, political ecology, environmental photography, sustainable agriculture and environmental ethics, among many others.