Academic offerings: Several of our courses examine current ecological problems and conservation/management efforts around the world and the ethical, cultural and biological ramifications of habitat use and environmental change. Key issues include population growth, large-scale development, biodiversity conservation, sustainable environmental management, indigenous groups, consumption, and globalization.
Experiential learning: Service learning, internships, and undergraduate research opportunities are available. Courses on immigration, family and domestic violence, disability and medical sociology provide students with background to select from a wide array of internships in social service agencies. Our fieldwork sites involve agencies working with juveniles and adults, families, courts, and churches as well as employment, political and advocacy agencies at the federal, state, and local levels. Field schools with research opportunities on the environment are available locally as well as in Central and South America. The department has practicum sites in neighborhood centers, planning agencies, and other service organizations.
Employment opportunities: Career opportunities in the government and non-profit sectors are expanding, as are options in private-sector environmental departments within major corporations.