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Studying Sustainability


Thanks to Smith’s open curriculum and breadth of classes, it’s easy for students to take sustainability focused courses, no matter their major. Students can pick a major with an environmental focus from several departments, select a unique minor or concentration, or choose sustainability-related courses offered throughout the curriculum, including classes in anthropology, architecture, English language and literature, government and physics.

Browse our Academics page for more details on majors, minors, concentrations, and specific courses. 

Students engaging in learning about sustainability.



How can I explore my interests around environmental issues if I don't want to major in Environmental Science and Policy?

There are many ways to explore your interests without majoring in Environmental Science and Policy. Courses throughout many of Smith's major are centered around issues related to the environment and sustainability. You can also choose to do an environmental concentration or find a co-curricular way to get involved. 

What kind of job will I be able to get if I study something related to the environment and sustainability?

Our alums find jobs across many fields, in diverse areas of speciality. From consulting for renewable energy projects to food justice advocacy, the possibilities are expansive. You can check our @SustainableSmith instagram page for some profiles of alums and also see here for a spotlight on a recent alum. 

Can I talk to someone who can tell me more?

Yes! Email anytime to get connected. 


Looking for faculty resources? Visit the For Faculty page.



Resources for Staff

Sustainable Office Self-Certification Program

The Sustainable Office Certification Program is designed to recognize, support and highlight offices that are engaging in sustainable practices. Certification is based on a checklist of activities and behaviors that progress from level one to level three. The first level covers energy conservation and waste reduction practices many offices are already using—or that are easy to start—such as turning off lights and projectors when they are not in use. Practices become more challenging at the upper levels, and include using reusable mugs and water bottles, and taking notes electronically rather than on paper.

Office of Student Engagement receives office certification