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Policy Track

The Environmental Policy track focuses on the broader social, economic and geographic effects of environmental policy-making and governance. This track is a useful complement to students with primary majors in public policy, government, public health, anthropology, economics, sociology, or international relations, though it is open to students of all majors. Alongside their primary major, students learn both the scientific and policy knowledge needed to make environmental policy decisions, with special attention paid to historic and current examples of environmental injustice. Students will learn best practices for addressing policy issues related to climate change, agriculture, energy and conservation, through both a domestic and global lens.

Core policy track courses are drawn from a wide variety of departments in the social sciences. Policy track students also take several environmental science and environmental humanities courses to ensure they have the requisite knowledge to understand and make environmental policy.

Students who choose the Policy track frequently go on to work for NGOs, government agencies such as EPA, and environmental consulting firms, among many other career paths. Students also attend graduate school in a variety of disciplines. You can view our alumni career survey here.

You can view degree requirements in the Catalog.