Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 74.86
Liaison Alyssa Erding
Submission Date Jan. 19, 2021

STARS v2.2

Macalester College
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 3.00 / 3.00 Roopali Phadke
Department Chair
Environmental Studies
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Does the institution offer at least one ​sustainability-focused​ major, degree, or certificate program for undergraduate students?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate degree program:
Environmental Studies (major)

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary department based on a holistic understanding of environmental issues occurring at the local, national, and global level. The department teaches students to use the tools and perspectives of the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences to understand the causes and consequences of environmental problems and to develop solutions to these problems.

The learning goals for our students include:
The ability to think systematically about complicated problems.
The ability to recognize and communicate with diverse kinds of specialists.
The ability to understand the premises of diverse disciplines.
The ability to appreciate the nature of scientific uncertainty and controversy.
The capacity for consensus building and appreciation of group dynamics.
The ability to appreciate the nature of our species, spirituality, aesthetics, and relationships and differences among cultures.
Consistent with Macalester’s mission statement, which emphasizes internationalism, and in recognition of the global nature of many environmental issues, the faculty encourages students to participate in off-campus national and international programs of study and research.


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Does the institution offer one or more sustainability-focused minors or concentrations for undergraduate students?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor or concentration:
Environmental Studies (minor)

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Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary department that offers students the opportunity to develop a holistic understanding of environmental issues.

Relying heavily on case studies, problem-solving strategies, and community involvement, the curriculum addresses environmental issues at local, national, and global levels.

The program emphasizes perspectives from the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities. It encourages depth of disciplinary knowledge, breadth of cross-disciplinary perspectives, and integration through core courses and a required off-campus internship.


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