There’s no better place to study the environment than the Adirondacks – and Paul Smith’s is ideally located within this 6-million-acre park. Surrounded by forests, lakes, waterways and carefully managed private lands, environmental studies courses at Paul Smith’s take full advantage of our surroundings.
The environmental studies program has been developed for students who are fascinated by and concerned with the interactions between human society and the natural world. This program allows students to explore these crucial issues from a variety of perspectives across traditional disciplines. Our program establishes a foundation of knowledge from political science, economics, art, literature, philosophy, ethics and sociology, all while exploring crucial concepts in the natural sciences.
The environmental studies program at Paul Smith’s College is designed to:
• Encourage students to critically explore their personal sense of place from a regional and global perspective;
• Provide a strong foundation in the social sciences, the humanities and natural sciences;
• Integrate the knowledge and methods of the social sciences, humanities and natural sciences to develop effective responses to interdisciplinary environmental problems;
• Explore environmental issues through experiential learning methods;
• Welcome student choice in program elective and open elective courses.