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Environmental Sociology, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #62 (ARWU) Nashville, TN, United States
Environmental Sociology at Vanderbilt University is the study of the relationship between modern societies and the environment at a variety of scales, from households to global relations. It includes issues such as public understanding of environmental issues, the environment and inequality, environmental social movements and social change, and analysis of environmental reform and adaptation.
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Environmental Sociology is different from environmental science, which is based in the natural sciences, and environmental studies, which includes courses from a wide range of disciplines, including engineering and the humanities. The department’s program in Environmental Sociology includes a solid introduction to sociology and sociological methods as well as foundation requirements in environmental science. The program prepares students for careers in government, the law, management, research and teaching, and the nonprofit sector.

Key facts:

  • Students with a major in Environmental Sociology offered by Vanderbilt University can go into many fields. Some plan to work in the government or nonprofit area on environmental policy, some decide to practice environmental law, and some go into the private sector to work in green-energy companies and in the environmental management divisions of large companies. Many public health issues involve an environmental dimension.
  • Students who prefer to enter the workforce directly upon graduation often choose to develop additional technical skills such as courses in statistics, journalistic writing, or geographical information systems. Some students also develop a minor in the sciences, and it is possible to pursue a double major in a wide range of fields.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses included:

  • Environmental and Sustainability Studies Seminar
  • Social Issues (environment emphasis)
  • Climate Change & Society
  • Environment and Development
  • Sociology of Health and   Environmental Science
  • Environment, Inequality, & Justice

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • All required parts of the Coalition Application, Common Application, or QuestBridge Application
  • $50 nonrefundable application fee, or fee waiver for qualified students
  • Official high school transcript
  • Counselor letter of recommendation
  • Two academic teacher recommendations
  • Optional for students applying for fall 2021 entry:  SAT or ACT scores 
  • Official results of the TOEFL, TOEFL Special Home Edition, IELTS, PTE Academic, or Duolingo English Test if applicable
  • A completed College Scholarship Service (CSS) Profile, if applicable

Tuition Fee

  • International

    52780 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52780 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    52780 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 52780 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Nashville

  • 1183 - 2200 USD/month
    Living Costs

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