Jul 21, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog

Environmental Studies Major - Policy and Management Specialization


Environmental Studies is the interdisciplinary study of human-environmental relations with a focus on human influences on the environment and environmental problem solving. Environmental Studies at McDaniel College prepare you to become a leader, problem-solver, and environmental professional. You’ll graduate with the interdisciplinary knowledge and skills needed to address socio-ecological challenges and create a better world. Students in Environmental Studies explore contemporary environmental issues and develop professional competencies through innovative courses based on experiential learning, scientific processes, community service, and considering diverse perspectives on our planet’s greatest challenges.

The policy and management specialization is an interdisciplinary program that trains students to become tomorrow’s policy and management professionals. Students in this specialization develop a deep understanding of the policies and processes that govern natural resource use in the United States and abroad. Student learning also focuses on contemporary environmental management practices used to sustain natural and built environments. The knowledge gained in this specialization prepares students to not only understand the structure and function of the natural ecosystems that provide environmental services to society, but also how to design, implement, and advocate for sustainable environmental management practices.


Total Credit Hours: 48

Departmental Writing Requirement:

The Department of Environmental Studies extends writing through required core courses for the major. Student who major in Environmental Studies are required to take the courses as notated by the # symbol.

Requirements for Departmental Honors

Honors in ENV will be awarded to graduating seniors who have earned at least a 3.50 GPA in the ENV major. Students who wish to receive Honors in ENV must enroll in the program by committing to a project that demonstrates their leadership in the field of environmental studies, such as serving as an officer of a student club, completing independent research, or engaging in other extra-curricular activities that support issues related to environmental sustainability.