Environment, Sustainability and Society Major

Hartwick students walking creek at Pine Lake Environmental Campus


Get ready to change the future.

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.

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

The environment, sustainability and society program 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.

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 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 will have the opportunity to work with organizations committed to revitalizing the local foodshed.

Beyond the basics.

The study of environment, sustainability and society is a hands-on experience. Students are 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.

Putting environment, sustainability and society to work.

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


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