Welcome | ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES MAJor at Fordham
Educating Future Generations of Environmental Leaders
Karianne Rivera completed a spring Tanzania & Kenya study abroad program in wildlife ecology and then a summer National Science Foundation Research Experience for Undergraduates program on bees in Turkey, returning to Fordham to complete her senior year and prepare for graduate studies in animal ecology. Karianne's Africa blog
(Note: The program has as of Fall Semester 2013 changed its name from Environmental Policy to Environmental Studies. Previously declared majors and minors will receive their degree under the old name of Environmental Policy.)
Environmental Studies is a major at the interface of the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities which has been designed to address the societal causes and effects of, and policy solutions to, environmental problems such as climate change and prepare students for rewarding environmental careers in the private, public and non-profit sectors.
The major offers a rigorous academic degree in environmental studies with specialized Concentration Career Tracks involving electives, professional internships, study abroad, thesis research, and our Alumni Career Advisory Board. Concentrations include:
Environmental Economics & Sustainable Business
Environmental Politics and Government
Green Architecture and Urban Planning
Environmental Education K-12
Public Health and the Environment
Organic Agriculture and Food Securiy
Parks and Recreation
Environmental Philosophy, Religion & Ethics
Environmental History & American Studies
Environmental Art & Literature
Alumni have been accepted to prestigious graduate programs at Yale, Columbia, and London School of Economics, and environmental law programs at Pace, Fordham, and Vermont. They have successfully found employment in the government, private and non-profit sectors. The program typically has 80-90 majors enrolled and graduates 20 students per year.
Located in York City—one of the most vibrant centers of environmental education and urban ecology in the world—our program allows students to gain professional internship experience and academic credits in environmental organizations such as Bronx River Alliance (NY City Dept. of Parks), Wildlife Conservation Society (Bronx Zoo), New York Botanical Garden, American Museum of Natural History, and Environmental Consortium of Hudson River Colleges and Universities, as well as in study abroad and summer programs from the Caribbean to Africa.
The following offerings and opportunities are enjoyed by students.
- 26 faculty members from FCRH, FCLC, Gabelli School of Business and Fordham Law School offering courses and advising students
- Lecture series
- Alumni Career Advisory Board providingadvice to current students on employment and graduate studies opportunities
- Undergraduate Research program with funding
- Sponsorship of the club Students for Environmental Justice and Awareness
- Sponsorship of St. Rose's Garden, a student-run organic agricultural project and outdoor classroom on the Rose Hill Campus
- Fordham University Calder Center, an ecological research and education center in Westchester County
- Membership in the Fordham University Sustainability Program
- Membership in the Environmental Consortium of Hudson Valley Colleges and Universities
- Cooperative internship program with the Bronx River Alliance (NYC Department of Parks), NYC Botanical Garden, Wildlife Conservation Society (Bronx Zoo) and other metropolitan organizations
- Summer course offerings
- Summer internship programs in the United Statesand abroad
- Study Abroad program inCentral America, Africa, Australia, Europe and Southeast Asia
- Scholarship program
- Annual Environmental Career and Graduate Studies Fairs
Our program reflects Fordham University’s mission of "men and women for others” and "respect for the environment" in that students have the opportunity to serve the greater good in the areas of environmental literacy, stewardship, sustainable development, and environmental justice, effecting positive change as citizens in a world characterized by complex scientific, economic, political and ethical interactions and processes.
We invite you to join our program and find your educational and career path.
Students should officially declare the major in the freshman year and contact the program director for advising about the seven required freshman and sophomore courses. The major can also be declared in the sophomore or junior year.
To declare the major, fill out the electronic declaration form on the top right hand corner of this page and email it to the program director.
Student Profile: john scott
John graduated from the program in 2012, after having interned for three years in the mammalogy department at the Wildlife Conservation Society (Bronx Zoo), and completing his senior thesis on a historical study of zoos and their conservation role in the contemporary world. Upon graduating, he immediately secured employment with Natural Encounters, Inc.: Connecting Humans To the Natural World in Orlando, Flordia.
Student Profile: nadia seeteram
Nadia graduated from the program in 2012, completing her senior thesis on a statistical study of public responses to the different descriptions of climate change as "global warming"and "global climate change," and the political implications of these responses. She has been accepted to the master of science program in environmental studies at Florida International University in Miami, receiving full funding for her studies. After completing the masters degree, she plans to gain professional experience, complete a MBA in sustainanble business, and work in the private sector.
Student Profile: nicol bellettiere
Nicol graduated from the program in 2012, completing her senior thesis on the need for pedagogical reform in K-12, post-secondary and public environmental education in the direction of more experience-based, hands-on learning. She has been accepted to themaster of science program at SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry in Syracuse, NY.
Devin graduated from the program in 2009, and was awarded a prestigious Udall Scholarship on the Environment to support his studies, taking advantage of volunteer and internship opportunities with the many environmental organizations found in the Bronx. During his junior year he completed a study abroad program in Tanzania, studying coastal ecology and environmental management. After graduation he worked for two years as a paralegal in Washington, D.C. for the US Dept. of Justice, Environment and Natural Resources Division. He is currently completing a Master of Science in Environmental Policy and Regulation at the London School of Economics, and plans to work in the area of international environmental policy and regulation.
Student Profile: Teresa Crimmens
After graduating from the program in 2002, Teresa completed a Master of Public Administration in Environmental Science and Policy at Columbia. For the next five years, she worked as the Ecology Director at the Bronx River Alliance, where she co-authored the Bronx River Ecological Restoration and Management Plan and co-founded the Storm Water Infrastructure Matters (SWIM) Coalition. From 2009 to 2011 she worked as Director of Operations for the Tahoe Rim Trail Association in the Sierra Nevada Mountains of California and Nevada. In 2012 she began her new position as Director of Tahoe Resource Conservation District's Truckee Regional Aquatic Invasive Species Prevention Program.
Rose Hill & Lincoln Center
John van Buren, Program Director
Collins Hall 111, 718-817-3301
Spring 2014 office hrs: W 12:45-2:45 (Collins Hall 111). To declare the major at Rose Hill or Lincoln Center, fill out the major declaration form on the Student tab of your my.fordham, save it on your hard drive, and attach it to an email to Prof. van Buren.
Colin Cathcart, Associate Director, Lowenstein SL24S, 718-237-2786
happening FAll/Spring 2013-14
FCRH Students for Environmental Awareness & Justice (SEAJ). Meets every Monday 5:00-6:00 pm Keating Hall 124, starting Sept. 9. Facebook page. Contact:
happening Summer 2014
Paid summer research internships, Adirondack Mountains NY, Kelly Adirondack Center
Paid summer internships working on NY State hydrofracking with Fund For the Public Trust
, Manhattan Office. Contact Emma Boorboor email@example.com
Summer internships for seniors World Wildlife Fund
Clean Air-Clean Planet Paid Summer Internships/Fellowships
Summer Internship Course in Catskill Mountains, NY. Deadline: April 1
Hudson River University
Summer Session, Beacon, NY (Clarkson University, 6 transfer credits).
Deadline: March 15
Paid Summer 2013 Research Internship ($6000, plus housing), Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies, Millbrook, NY
Research internships. Academic year and summer internships assisting Fordham ecology graduate students on their thesis research at Rose Hill or the Calder Center are available by contacting the Biology Graduate Students Association, BGSAFordham@gmail.com
Fordham Summer Undergraduate Research Grants in the SocialSciences and Humanities
. Up to $3800 to fund a research project which may involve an internship. Deadline: April 2013.
Fordham Summer Study Abroad lists academic year and summer environmental programs.
graduating class of 2013
Senior Theses, Class of 2013
Julianne Yee, Hurricane Sandy: A Chance to Identify Vulnerabilities, Learn from the Past, and Increase Future Resiliency
Sarah Geuss, Wasting Plates: Addressing Food Waste in the United States
David Garcia, Giving Back to the Community: Addressing the Environmental Literacy Gap Through Socially and Environmentally Responsible Business Practices
Eric Osuna, Exploring the Drivers of CSR and Creating a Sustainable Corporate Institution: Environmental Education, Politics, and Business Practices
Anna Kobara, The Pedestrianization of New York City: An Environmental History and Critique of Urban Motorization and A Look at New York City’s New Era of Planning