George Mason University’s BA degree in environmental and sustainability studies combines the study of human behavior and environmental science. This innovative interdisciplinary program emphasizes the pivotal role that economic markets, politics, and human behavior play in creating, as well as solving, environmental problems. The program underscores ecosystem dynamics and how these systems respond to external factors. With an emphasis on social and environmental justice, it looks at the impact of sustainability programs on the global environment and human communities.
The degree program is a joint effort between the School of Integrative Studies in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Department of Environmental Science and Policy in the College of Science. Students take a core of courses and complete a specialized concentration. A hallmark of this degree program is that all students participate in experiential learning through internships, field studies, service learning, or study abroad.
The Environmental and Sustainability Studies program is a recipient of the Curriculum Scholarship Development Grant (SDG) from OSCAR in support of Cultivating Environmental and Sustainability Studies Scholars, which was awarded in 2011-12.