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Environmental Studies, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #901 (ARWU) North Adams, MA, United States
The Environmental Studies program at Williams College provides students with an opportunity to explore how humans interact with the environment, including physical, biological, philosophical, and social elements.
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The Environmental Studies program at Williams College is designed so that students will understand the complexity of issues and perspectives that inhere in environmental problems and will appreciate that most environmental issues lack distinct disciplinary boundaries. The goal of the concentration is to educate students to be well-informed, environmentally literate citizens who have the capacity to become active participants in the local and global community. 

To this end, the concentration is designed to develop the capability to think in interdisciplinary ways and to use synthetic approaches to solve problems while incorporating the knowledge and experiences gained from majoring in other departments at the College. The concentration in Environmental Studies consists of seven courses: four core courses and one elective course from each of the three categories below: The Natural World; Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences; and Environmental Policy.


The three curricular options in Environmental Studies—the major in Environmental Studies, the concentration in Environmental Studies, and the concentration in Maritime Studies—are designed to help majors and concentrators to:

  • Effectively address complex environmental issues by integrating perspectives from the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the arts and humanities;
  • Understand ecological principles and the nature of living systems;
  • Apply scientific methods to collect environmental data and evaluate environmental quality;
  • Understand the political and economic factors that inform, enable, and constrain environmental policy;
  • Understand the social, cultural, and historical factors that shape environmental thought, history, and behavior;
  • Develop significant understanding of one or more of the essential methodological approaches required in addressing environmental challenges;
  • Apply their learning in a practical setting.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Independent Study of Environmental Problems
  • Senior Research and Thesis
  • Nature and Society: An Introduction to Environmental Studies
  • Ecology
  • Environmental Planning
  • Senior Seminar: Perspectives on Environmental Studies

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application
  • Early Decision Agreement Form (Early Decision applicants ONLY)
  • SAT or ACT
  • School Report
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Two Teacher Recommendations

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56970 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56970 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56970 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56970 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for North Adams

  • 876 - 1820 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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