To pursue work in the realm of the environment, a student must first grasp the complex interactions that characterize today's most pressing environmental problems. Since these problems lie at the nexus of natural sciences, social sciences, and the humanities, the Environmental Studies Department provides a rigorous, interdisciplinary course of study, enriched with practical experiences to equip students with transferable knowledge and skills.
Students may elect to pursue the Bachelor of Arts degree in Environmental Studies or the Bachelor of Science degree in Environmental Science.
Environmental studies courses are taught by Karin Warren, chair of the Environmental Studies Department, as well as by faculty from the departments of biology, chemistry, physics, philosophy, economics, English, psychology, and American culture. In addition to coordinating the majors and concentration, the Environmental Studies Department also serves as a base for sustainability-related activities on campus, including the Environmental Club, the Food & Justice Club, the college's Organic Garden and Orchard, an environmental studies speaker series, the Sustainability Council, and updating the Randolph College Sustainability Proposal.
Randolph College is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), and is proud to be the first signatory of the American Colleges and Universities President Climate Commitment (ACUPCC) in the State of Virginia.