Environmental Studies

  Harold Brown
  Harold Brown, PhD
Environmental Studies
Department Chair

Welcome to the Environmental Studies Program within the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Pace University.

The environmental predicament foreseen by scientists and social theorists for the past 25 years has become a reality with rapid population growth followed by increasing poverty, food shortages and imbalances, energy scarcity, diminishing biodiversity, toxic and hazardous waste, acid rain, ozone depletion, global climate change, water and air pollution, soil erosion, deforestation, and desertification.

David Orr, a prominent environmental educator, chillingly remarked that the current generation of students faces the most daunting challenges in the history of education. This generation must undo the damage to the environment that has taken place over the last 300 years. Rather than succumb to feelings of helplessness that can lead to inaction, you can respond with solutions. Only with knowledge of the ways that human actions impact the natural world and how the world of nature provides the context for human and non-human development can we hope to successfully meet these enormous challenges. Since environmental concerns cut across traditional university divisions, the Environmental Studies program is designed on an interdisciplinary model to reflect the interconnectedness of environmental issues from the standpoint of public policy and advocacy in a democratic society.

We offer the following degree programs:

  • Environmental Studies, BA
  • a combined Environmental Studies, BA/Environmental Sciences, MS which can be completed in five years
  • a 10-credit Naturalist Certificate program
  • an Environmental Studies minor

We prepare students for careers in both the public and private sectors, as well as advanced studies. Our alumni have gone on to graduate studies and work in the fields of environmental education, environmental law, environmental journalism, environmental management, environmental ethics, environmental policy, environmental remediation, urban planning and design, marine biology, natural resources and sustainable development, zoology, and specialized areas like desert studies, international environmental politics and sustainable development management.

Some students prefer to enter the job force immediately upon graduation and have found challenging employment working in areas such as compliance, research, advocacy, impact analysis, and geographic information systems.

The Environmental Studies curriculum embodies a strong humanities orientation, which provides a broad base for understanding the complex interrelationships between the human and non-human worlds. The goals of the program are to recognize the role humans play in the dynamic between nature and culture, and to develop employable skills in research techniques and problem solving. But all this study and preparation would be incomplete without a thorough appreciation for the essential role ethics has on the ways we frame questions and the decisions we make regarding solutions to environmental problems. Pace graduates possess the sensibilities needed for responsible environmental citizenship.

For more information contact:

Harold Brown, PhD
Environmental Studies Department Chair
New York City and Pleasantville Campus
212-346-1460 (NYC); 914-773-3952 (PLV)