• Environmental Studies

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    Environmental Studies
    Hamline University
    1536 Hewitt Avenue
    Saint Paul, MN 55104


    Mike Farris
    Program Director

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    Career & Postgraduate Opportunities


    Recent internships completed by environmental studies students include:

    • Assistant Teacher
    • Biology Specialist Student Trainee
    • Campus Organizing Intern
    • Education Intern (2)
    • Leadership Habitat Restoration
    • Legal Intern
    • Native Plant Landscape Internship (2)
    • Permaculture Intern
    • Research Intern

    Meet an Environmental Studies Graduate

    I was in Girl Scouts when I was younger and that taught me the values I have about stewardship, conservation, and being a good citizen. I love being outdoors and interacting with wildlife and nature. In high school I learned more about environmental issues and knew that was what I wanted to do with my life. For me, environmental studies was about my passion for the field. 

    I read some books about careers in the environmental fields and talked to many professionals, and really found that almost any career can have elements of environmentalism in it. It is such an interdisciplinary field, having elements of ecology, political science, economics, biology, physics, and many more. The complex problems of our world require solutions that take into account all these aspects.

    What prepared me most for my career was my campus job at the Center for Global Environmental Education and my off-campus environmental studies program with the Higher Education Consortium of Urban Affairs (HECUA). The HECUA program introduced me to many professionals in the field, as well as providing a great framework for studying environmental issues. It was invaluable to my development and experience. I also completed an internship with Windustry, a non-profit that does wind energy education and advocacy. It helped me see the application of my skills and studies.

    On campus, I was involved in Minnesota Public Interest Research Group (MPIRG), many committees as a Resident Assistant, the Environmental Studies Club, the Hamline Winds and Orchestra, the Osnes-Brooks leadership honor society, and went to many events held by the student organizations. The Career Development Center was extremely helpful as I began my job search. They helped me craft an effective resume and cover letters that highlight my skills and experience. I strongly recommend everyone utilize the Career Development Center all their years at Hamline. My favorite classes that were not part of my major were Introduction to Anthropology and General Psychology. It was very interesting to get a taste of different fields and develop the breadth of my knowledge.

    I recently got a job at the Environmental Health Sciences Center at the University of Southern California. I am a coordinator in the Community Outreach and Education Program, working with community groups to educate the public on air pollution and influence policy.

  • News
    • Recipients of the 2014 John Wesley Leadership and Service Awards are announced. Congratulations to the winners.
    • The Department of Anthropology, the Hmong Student Association, and the Office of Multicultural and Diversity Initiatives invite everyone to a presentation by Dr. Eric Crystal entitled, Rice Fields and Hemp Gardens: Hmong Traditions and Transformations on Wednesday, April 30 from 4 - 5 p.m. in Giddens Learning Center Room 1S.
    • The Hamline to Hamline Collaboration is offering grants for collaborative programming or events that enrich the collaboration between Hamline Elementary and Hamline University with applications due by Monday, May 12.