College of Arts & Sciences

The Environmental Studies Program is dedicated to the rigorous interdisciplinary education of its students, to the integration of the principles of sustainability into the curriculum and campus life, to experiential learning, and to ongoing ethical considerations of pressing environmental issues. As a major Catholic university, Seton Hall seeks to make significant contributions to sustainability efforts in New Jersey and the region. Questions are framed in the context of social justice and a broad understanding of the Catholic intellectual tradition. Students are challenged by outstanding faculty and work in evolving and technologically-advanced settings. The program prepares students to be leaders in their professional lives and responsible citizens of a global society that is facing immense challenges of limited resources and global climate change.

Environmental studies prepares students to lead the transition to a more environmentally, economically and socially sustainable society, one that balances the needs of the present with those of future generations. Environmental studies provides a multidisciplinary opportunity for the study of the complex relationships between human society and the natural environment, and the environmental consequences that human policies and actions have on our communities and individual lives. The course of study challenges students to understand environmental issues from various disciplinary perspectives, stressing the use of critical thinking, collaborative problem-solving and effective communication. Students benefit from on-campus and extracurricular events with environmental experts regarding specific environmental issues.

The environment protects and sustains life, yet the unrestrained use of the earth’s resources causes problems that affect all humankind. The broad-based acceptance of this statement is producing profound economic and political changes in society at large. This is a topic that transcends several disciplines. Courses in environmental studies are taught by faculty drawn from disciplines across the university, including natural sciences, economics, social sciences, philosophy, history and literature. These courses are rigorous within their traditional disciplines, from natural sciences to political science, philosophy, economics, management and sociology.

Partial scholarships include the Landsberger Foundation Scholarship awarded annually through an essay competition.

Director: Christopher Kaiser, Ed.D., (973) 761-9430

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