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Two New Majors at Rhodes

Publication Date: 2/21/2011

Rhodes College has created two new major courses of study, a Bachelor of Arts in Environmental Studies and a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Sciences.

Designed to approach environmental questions from many perspectives, students in these new majors will be able to take courses in 12 different academic departments, including history, international studies, biology, chemistry, philosophy, anthropology, economics and English.

All students in the new majors take a core course “Environment and Society,” which addresses environmental issues past and present, including over-population pressures, climate change, energy consumption, and sustainability practices. Students can also take courses on topics such as ecology, global ecopolitics, environmental hydrogeology, nature and war, field study in Namibia, and environmental anthropology. Majors must also participate in experiential learning by completing an internship or other off-campus project.

“The addition of two environmentally-focused majors is a significant milestone for Rhodes College,” says Jeffrey H. Jackson, associate professor of History and director of the Environmental Studies and Sciences Program. “Rhodes students will be able to investigate some of the world’s most pressing challenges, conduct research, and do community service geared toward environmental questions.”

“These new majors will help to make Rhodes students competitive for jobs and graduate programs in environmental studies and sciences,” Jackson notes, “and help contribute to our growing understanding of environmental issues.”

For more information on the majors, visit the Environmental Studies and Sciences website.

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Rob Farrell March 16, 2011

I am quite excited that the college will be offering these majors as my initial work after graduate school was collecting data and writing EIS′s and ER′s for nuclear, fossil-fueled and pumped storage electrical generating stations followed by a career in industrial water management.  My hope is that the issues of the day, particularly climate change (that science is not settled!), will be treated with an open-minded approach so that our new graduates will follow the data to rational conclusions.  As always, Go Lynx!

Ann Bruce de Pineda February 24, 2011

Congratulations!  Last weekend I traveled with the woman in charge of caring for the Trifinio, an area touching Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador.  The source of water for all three is protected by the project in which she is working.  Check out the life of Jeanette Kawas, a martyr in the fight for protection of other sources in Honduras. 1968 alum