Sociology - Environmental Studies

Native Americans fishing

How do people's experiences of and knowledge about environmental issues differ by race, class, gender and nationality? How do those differences shape perspectives on environmental problems and ecological damage such as species decline, toxic contamination, air and water pollution, especially now that the rate of damage is increasing?

If these questions inspire your critical thinking, our Sociology - Environmental Studies combined major is an excellent choice for you. Whitman sociology-environmental studies majors:

Engage in the study of some the greatest sociological thinkers, philosophers, and scientists of the 19th and 20th centuries and at the same time learn about local environmental issues in the Walla Walla region and how these are linked to national and global events.

Learn to apply rigorous social science theories and methods to such issues as the impact of human activities, systems and processes on the natural environment.

Gain understanding of the decision-making process that goes into the utilization of natural resources.

Evaluate the effectiveness of different social and political strategies to address environmental concerns.

Enjoy access to all of the internship, fieldwork, study abroad and other hands-on learning opportunities that are available to all sociology students and also to such environmentally-relevant programs such as the college's Semester in the West and the School for Field Studies.