The goal of the environmental and sustainability studies program is to develop diverse ways of looking at environmental issues affecting our planet. We look through an interdisciplinary lens, utilizing the expertise of biology, political science, art and history faculty members. We do hands-on field studies and offer exceptional opportunities to travel and study abroad.
Students examine issues related to prairie, forest and lakeshore habitat at Concordia’s research station on Long Lake, one hour from campus near Detroit Lakes, Minn.
Travel to our world-famous Concordia Language Villages near Bemidji, Minn., to study north woods ecology and innovative methods of energy conservation at the one-of-a-kind BioHaus, designed by a leading-edge German environmental firm.
An Exploration Seminar takes students to Norway during spring break to study environmental issues at the Lofoten Islands, located above the Arctic Circle where ocean currents are changing the landscape.
A May Seminar travels to the Galapagos Islands to study the world’s most unique plant and wildlife species. Another seminar travels to Tanzania to work on conservation and wildlife management alongside scientists from the African Wildlife Federation.
Erik George '11
Principal Financial Analyst, Port of Authority of New York and New Jersey
Environmental Studies Major; Political Science and Music Minors
Concordia’s global emphasis encouraged me to explore complex issues affecting the world while developing myself as a person, a leader and a thinker. Without a doubt, Concordia prepared me to be an engaged citizen in the world.