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Environmental Concentration

Wind turbines over vast landscape

The Environmental Concentration provides an experiential framework to support students in the exploration of issues related to the environment, ecological design, and sustainability embedded in disciplines across the college. The concentration enables students to weave together formal and informal learning opportunities as a way of bridging theory and practice in support of environmental decisions and action. With support of an academic adviser, students will shape a topical area of inquiry of their choosing to define their environmental concentration. The possibilities are endless! Some past examples include:

  • sustainable food
  • environmental justice
  • environmental education
  • sustainable development
  • environmental humanities
  • art and the environment
  • environmental journalism
  • climate science 
  • environmental diplomacy
  • agricultural economics

Eligibility

The concentration is limited to 15 students per class year. Sophomores, juniors and Ada Comstock Scholars are encouraged to apply. Selection of concentrators is based on academic performance, intentionality and commitment, and diversity of the cohort.

Gateway Course

Choose one:

  • ENX 100: Environment and Sustainability: Notes from the Field (1 credit/offered each year)
  • LSS 100: Landscape, Environment, Design (2 credits/offered each year)

The Gateway Course may be taken prior to admittance to the concentration and is typically completed before senior year.

Path-Making Course

IDP 132: Designing Your Path

This course is intended to support students to develop self-agency in framing the area of their intellectual inquiry. Normally students complete this requirement after they have been accepted into the concentration and have completed at least one practical experience.


Forms

Fill out the Declaration Form when you first meet with your concentration adviser. This will allow the concentration to show up in WorkDay and makes your participation official with the college.

Early in the final semester of senior year you are required to submit a completed Concentration Checklist, signed by your adviser, indicating that you have completed all concentration requirements. You will not receive credit for the concentration without submitting this form to Joanne Benkley.

 


How to Apply

To apply to the Environmental Concentration, log in and fill out the online application. You may apply to the concentration in your sophomore or junior year.

The next deadline to apply is October 15, 2021.

 

 

Contact

CEEDS

Wright Hall 005
Smith College
Northampton, MA 01063

Phone: 413-585-3352
Fax: 413-585-3333
Email: ceeds@smith.edu