Environment, Sustainability and Society Major

Hartwick students walking creek at Pine Lake Environmental Campus

Get ready to change the future.

Where a background in environment, sustainability and society can take you.

The environment, sustainability and society major prepares students to become engaged, broadly-trained citizens and professionals who can apply critical, creative, flexible thinking to help solve local, national, and global problems. These skills can be applied to a number of exciting and interesting careers.

Typically, graduates pursue careers as:

  • Public Relations specialists
  • High School Teachers
  • Occupational Health and Safety Specialists
  • Farmers, Ranchers, and Other Agricultural Managers
  • Environmental Specialist
  • Environmental Lawyer
  • Natural Sciences Managers


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of occupational health and safety specialists is projected to grow 8 percent from 2016 to 2026, which means there will be about 6,800 new job openings in the next decade as the demand for this type of work continues to grow. (U.S BLS)

Beyond the basics.

Hartwick’s campus is located at the edge of the Catskill Mountains, a perfect setting for engaging with the environment, sustainability, and society major. The study of environment, sustainability and society is a hands-on experience and students have the option to be immersed in Hartwick’s Pine Lake Environmental Campus, a natural classroom of woodlands, wetlands, and a lake with student residences that include a lodge, cabins, and student- built straw bale and cob houses, located just eight miles from the main campus.

A closer look.

At Hartwick, we know the best learning is interdisciplinary. That’s why the environment, sustainability and society program draws on the humanities, social sciences, and physical & life sciences. This broad-based education is a hallmark of the liberal arts at Hartwick, and forms the foundation of understanding upon which to build a life of significance. A Hartwick education is hands-on and community-focused, so majors have opportunities to work with organizations committed to revitalizing the local foodshed, addressing the area’s energy future, and reflecting on issues of water and land management, among other possibilities.

Putting environment, sustainability and society to work.

As an environment, sustainability and society student at Hartwick College, you’ll get prepared to thrive in the world of tomorrow. You’ll learn first-hand about the most compelling struggles facing our world, and how to develop creative solutions that make a difference.

Hartwick environment, sustainability and society majors are prepared to work in a wide variety of fields, including:

  • business
  • government
  • the arts
  • advocacy
  • non-profits
  • urban planning
  • public policy
  • environmental policy

4+1 Programs in Sustainability

Hartwick College has developed a bachelor’s/master’s degree articulation agreement with Glasgow Caledonian New York College (GCNYC). The agreement allows students to earn a bachelor’s from Hartwick in four years and a Master of Science in Business for Social Impact and Sustainability or a Master of Science in Sustainable Fashion in one year of intensive study.

Hartwick offers a dual degree program that allows students to develop a specialty in sustainability. The articulation agreement provides multiple opportunities for Hartwick students to enroll in a fast-tracked master’s program that can be completed in one year.

Meet the environment, sustainability and society faculty.

Chad Anderson
Visiting Assistant Professor of History
Ph.D.,University of California, Davis
Areas of expertise:
Early American, Native American Societies, Environmental History
Zsuzsanna Balogh-Brunstad
Associate Professor of Geology
Ph.D., Washington State University
Areas of expertise:
chemical and biological weathering of minerals, microbe-mineral-water interactions, biofilm processes, water quality and contamination, bioremediation, base cation nutrient cycles, and watershed-based hydrochemistry.
James Buthman
Associate Professor of Political Science & Coordinator of Environment, Sustainability & Society
Ph.D., Northern Arizona University
Areas of expertise:
Public policy and American government with an emphasis on environmental and energy policy.
Peter Fauth
Professor of Biology and Department Chair
Ph.D., Purdue University
Areas of expertise:
conservation biology, evolutionary ecology, ornithology
Amy Forster Rothbart
Associate Professor and Department Chair of Political Science and Chair of the First-Year Experience
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Areas of expertise:
Comparative politics and international relations, Russian, East European and Central Asian studies, international environmental policy.

Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program.

Ready to move faster? Get the full Hartwick environment, sustainability and society experience in three-quarters the time at three-quarters the cost. Learn more about the three-year program.

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