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Environmental Studies - studies the relationships between humans and the planet Earth. Students will receive a well-rounded education through the interconnection of environmental studies with many of the other departments offered at Linfield. Choose between either a science or policy focus, and be prepared to learn to perform research through interdisciplinary inquiry, apply techniques to said research, and develop and express informed decisions based on research on the individual or societal level.


Dip into the Environmental Studies minor and learn the basics of utilizing resources, study the economics of the interaction between societies and the environment, understand the diversity of the Earth's organisms, and much more!


Earth Week 2013 Trash DisplayMajoring or minoring in another field but want to learn more about the different classes offered about sustainability? Choose from a variety of classes including but not limited to:

ECON 341 - Environmental Economics
ECON 342 - Natural Resource Economics
ENVS 250 (also listed as SOAN 250) - Environmental Sociology
ENVS 300 - Topics in Environmental Policy
ENVS 380 - Conservation Biology
ENVS 450 - Environmental Health
PHIL 306 - Environmental Ethics
HIST 152 - Environmental History of the U.S.

Check out the Linfield Course Catalog to find more classes related to sustainability!

Here's an example of how these courses have integrated sustainability ideas in to the curriculum: the Environmental Sociology class put together a trash display at the start of Earth Week in 2013 in Dillin Hall to show our actual trash impact on the Riverbend landfill along with other figures and data regarding how much of our waste could actually be diverted.  Since then, visual teaching displays have been used every Earth Week to demonstrate the impact we have on our surroundings in a way no pamphlet ever could.


Linfield's Office of Sustainability also provides faculty members with programs and resources to better integrate sustainable information and practices into the classroom.  Interested faculty members are encouraged to engage in Linfield's Faculty Learning Community, which meets periodically throughout each semester in order to discuss how to better weave sustainable practices into the fabric of Linfield's academic tapestry.  Finding more effective and wider-reaching strategies of sustainable integration can not be something only Environmental Studies majors and minors worry about; by facilitating inter-departmental conversations, Linfield's Faculty Learning Community hopes to unite both Linfield's faculty and student body in the pursuit of a more sustainable environment both inside and outside the classroom.

At the beginning of each summer, faculty members are encouraged to attend the Annual Faculty Development Workshop.  The Workshop provides a space for Linfield faculty to better engage the process of course-related sustainable integration and introduces them to the Learning Community's year-long goals and objectives.  Lunch is provided, and faculty members who attend are awarded a $100 stipend.

An important component of the Faculty Learning Community is the course integration grant.  The course integration grant is available to faculty members with a plan to integrate sustainable learning into their classrooms, and who need financial support in doing so.  For more information on grant applications, contact the Office of Sustainability at