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    The focus of environmental studies is the interaction of humans with the environment, specifically on coming up with ideas to live on the planet without destroying it. Graduates who major in environmental studies are passionate about the outdoors, and care about conserving its resources. You’ll be well versed in topics like climate change, renewable energy, and biodiversity. You’ll study how we caused some of the environmental problems in existence, and how, as a society, we may able to reverse them.

    Courses include ecology and society, environmental philosophy, environmental policy, economics of natural resources, statistics, and environmental analysis. You’ll also choose a specialty: environmental policy and law, renewable energy, or urban planning. Work options are just as varied: many grads find employment as community organizers, park rangers, educators, and preservationists.

    • Amherst College

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      Boltwood Avenue, Amherst, MA 01002
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      Amherst is to Williams as Yale is to Harvard—founded by those who felt the original college had lost its way. Ever since the so-called "Defectors of 1821" took books from the Williams library and moved east from the Berkshires into ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Williams College

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      880 Main St, Williamstown, MA 01267
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      Since 1793, Williams has been a superb liberal arts college with a particularly strong program in fine arts that somehow all but retired the Sears Cup, given annually to the most successful Division III athletic program in the nation. Rural ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Tufts University

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      Medford, MA 02155
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      The largest in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC), and more small university than true liberal arts college, Tufts is on a hill in sight of nearby Boston. Given the Fletcher (Graduate) School of Diplomacy, there is a ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Johns Hopkins University

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      3400 N Charles St, Mason Hall, Baltimore, MD 21218
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      Originally founded as a research university for graduate students, Johns Hopkins backed into undergraduate education in a way different from most elite institutions. More serious of mind than its Ivy League rivals, Hopkins hosts plays at the Division I level ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • University of California-Berkeley

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      200 California Hall, Berkeley, CA 94720
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      The University of California was once the envy of all interested in low-cost, high-quality public higher education. The reputation of Berkeley may have reached its zenith before the Vietnam-era campus protests that associated "Berzerkley" with nearby "People's Park," and the ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Land Grant
    • Middlebury College

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      Old Chapel, Middlebury, VT 05753
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      On a stunning western Vermont campus that is like Williams in rural setting and Conn College in architectural stone, Middlebury is a great college for the smart, outdoorsy, and linguistically talented. Never an easy place to gain admission, Middlebury has ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Washington and Lee University

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      204 West Washington Street, Lexington, VA 24450
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      In Confederate icon Stonewall Jackson's hometown, Washington College changed forever when General Robert E. Lee needed a job after the Civil War and became president in 1865. Initiating the Honor Code when a student tried to lie to him about ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • University of Southern California

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      University Park, Los Angeles, CA 90089
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      The oldest private research university in California, USC enrolls about 19,000 undergrads and 24,000 grad students in 22 different schools, colleges, and units, ranging from the traditional — accounting, public policy, business — to the brand-new — arts, technology, and ... learn more

      Focus on Undergraduate Professions, Research University, Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science
    • Emory University

      Emory University Save

      1390 Oxford Road NE, Atlanta, GA 30322
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      Flush with Coca Cola money in the 80's, Emory (with Wash U) led the way in offering large scholarships to National Merit Scholars, thereby raising its profile—at least in rankings based upon standardized tests. On an attractive campus in a ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Research University, Religiously affiliated, Focus on Undergraduate Professions
    • Carleton College

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      One North College Street, Northfield, MN 55057
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      "The 1,900 or so students at Carleton College tell us their little liberal arts school in a small, snowy, mostly uneventful Minnesota town has very few negative attributes. They say Carleton "has the integrity, drive, and pride of any great ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Barnard College

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      3009 Broadway, New York, NY 10027
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      Located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan on its own campus, with its own faculty, library, dorms, dining hall and student center, Barnard is also part of Columbia University. Women fortunate enough to be accepted here thus have access ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees
    • Davidson College

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      405 N. Main Street, Davidson, NC 28036
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      "According to students on Davidson's beautiful, wooded campus, almost every conversation "either begins with or ends with a description of all the work we have to do and how no one will ever be able to get it done." Professors ... learn more

      Heavy Focus on Undergraduate Arts and Science, Liberal Arts College, Religiously affiliated, Offers Baccalaureate Degrees

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