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Environmental Studies
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Environmental Studies

The environment protects and sustains life, yet unrestrained use of its resources causes problems that affect everyone. This program prepares students to become leaders in the quest for a more environmentally, economically and socially sustainable society. Courses combine several disciplines — natural sciences, economics, philosophy, sociology — to study the complex relationships between humans and their environment. Students also learn by doing, with credit-bearing internships and paid co-op opportunities.

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Seton Hall University Tree Inventory Project

Students and residents create an inventory of campus and public street trees in South Orange, NJ.

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"I loved how hands on the Environmental Studies courses were at Seton Hall and how passionate the professors were. I formed close relationships with my professors and they inspired me to be the best steward of this Earth that I can be."

Andriana (Andy) Fragola
2016 graduate, B.A. Environmental Studies


Choose from three tracks: public policy, education or supply-chain management. Whichever you select, you’ll study environmental issues from an interdisciplinary perspective. Courses stress critical thinking and collaborative problem-solving. Professors come from across the University, shedding light on all aspects of environmental studies: natural sciences, economics, social sciences, philosophy, history and literature. In each course, questions are framed in the context of social justice and with a broad understanding of the Catholic intellectual tradition.

Community Partnerships

As part of our commitment to experiential education, students from the Environmental Studies programs have worked with a range of community partners and environmental organizations to gain first-hand experience on the issues and challenges we face, applying classroom knowledge to real-world situations. They include:

  • The Village of South Orange
  • South Mountain Conservancy
  • Pfeiffer Center (Biodynamic Agriculture)
  • Rahway River Watershed Association
  • Food Recovery Network
  • Newark Science and Sustainability
  • and many more!

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Environmental Studies faculty members are dedicated to the rigorous interdisciplinary education of their students; to the integration of the principles of sustainability into the curriculum and into campus life; to experiential learning; and to ethical considerations of pressing environmental issues. Our faculty members are drawn from disciplines across the University, including natural sciences, economics, social sciences, philosophy, history and literature. Through classroom instruction and sponsored extracurricular events, our faculty challenges students to understand and solve real-world environmental issues from various disciplinary perspectives.

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Michael Taylor
Associate Professor of Political Science
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Judith Stark
Professor Emerita
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Thomas Rzeznik
Associate Professor
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