Environment, Sustainability and Society Major

Get ready to change the future.

Hartwick students walking creek at Pine Lake Environmental Campus

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

Putting environment, sustainability and society to work

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.

You will be prepared.

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.

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Zsuzsanna Balogh-Brunstad

Associate Professor of Geology & Coordinator of Environment, Sustainability & Society

Chad Anderson

Assistant Professor of History & Coordinator of Individual Student Program (ISP)

James Buthman

Associate Professor of Political Science

Peter Fauth

Professor of Biology and Department Chair

Amy Forster Rothbart

Associate Professor of Political Science and Coordinator of the First Year FligthPath Experience

Kevin Schultz

Associate Professor and Department Chair of Physics

Karl Seeley

Professor of Economics and Department Chair
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Timothy Vatovec

Lecturer in Environmental Science & Sustainability/Lecturer in Flightpath

Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program

Ready to move faster? Get the full Hartwick environment, sustainability & society, experience in three-quarters the time at three-quarters the cost.

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