To care for the environment is to care for one another. We are all connected by an extensive network of both natural and human systems. Climate, land use, pollution, ecosystems, renewable energy, aquatic systems—they teach us that to sustain one, we must sustain all.

Why study Environment & Sustainability at Sewanee?

By studying environment and sustainability at Sewanee, you'll be prepared to address complex environmental issues from a variety of perspectives. Your understanding today will prepare you to protect tomorrow.

Because all environmental systems are connected, environmental issues cannot be studied in isolation. Policy, science, and economics are all involved. A focus on place-based study and integration of knowledge across disciplines allows for a creative approach and a healthy appreciation for what’s happening around you. Whether you’re studying headwaters on the Mountain or the health of mammals downstream, it’s important to remember that our actions can be felt for generations to come.

First destinations: Environment & Sustainability Majors

Sewanee graduates secure positions in a variety of fields. Some you would expect, others are a bit of a surprise. Sewanee prepares you for your profession and your passion. Below is a sampling of recent graduates' first jobs.

  • Research analyst, ICF International, Fairfax, Virginia.
  • Field engineer, John Moriarty and Associates, Boston, Massachusetts.
  • Reforestation and environmental educator, Peace Corps, Paraguay.
  • Princeton in Asia fellow, World Wildlife Fund, Bangkok, Thailand.

Sewanee graduates enjoy extraordinary acceptance rates to top graduate and pre-professional programs–about 95 percent to law school and over 85 percent to medical school. Below is a sampling of where Sewanee grads continue their education.

  • M.A. in earth & energy resources, University of Texas, Austin.
  • J.D., Tulane University Law School.
  • M.Sc. in ecological economics, University of Edinburgh.
  • M.A. in international environmental policy, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey.

A Sampling of Courses

Environment & Sustainability

Programs of Study & Related Programs

Requirements for the Major in Environment & Sustainability

Requirements for the Minor in Archaeology | Website

Requirements for the Major in Environmental Arts & Humanities | Website

Requirements for the Minor in Environmental Studies | Website

Requirements for the Major & Minor in Forestry | Website

Requirements for the Major & Minor in GeologyWebsite

Requirements for the Major in Natural Resources & the Environment Website

Requirements for the Minor in Religion & Environment | Website

Meet some professors


Sarah C. Sherwood
Associate Professor and University Archaeologist

Snowden Hall 220, Ext. 3396

C. Ken Smith
Professor and Assistant Dean of the Environment

Cleveland Annex 101A, Snowden Hall 209, Ext. 3219

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