The Center for Environmental Studies

Environmental issues call upon citizens, organizations, and governments to grasp complex scientific concepts, address conflicting human values, and make difficult economic, political and ethical choices. The three curricular options in Environmental Studies—the Major in Environmental Studies and the Concentration in Environmental Studies and the Concentration in Maritime Studies—are designed to prepare students to effectively address these issues by integrating perspectives and methodologies from the natural sciences, the social sciences, and the arts and humanities.

The program is administered by the Center for Environmental Studies (CES), located in the Class of 1966 Environmental Center. Founded in 1967, CES was one of the first environmental studies programs at a liberal arts college.

To learn more about our work, please check out the 2022 edition of our annual newsletter, the CES Fieldnotes.

Department News

Log Lunch with Norris Guscott—Agriculture in Massachusetts: Policy, Food Security, and Equity 

At the final Log Lunch of November, the Williamstown community gathered to learn from Norris Guscott, an Equity Policy Networks Manager at the Massachusetts Food System Collaborative and Food Security Task Force Leader in the city of Lynn, MA. Guscott...

The Water Defenders: A Discussion with Robin Broad ’76 and John Cavanagh

Robin Broad/John Cavanagh video

The World of Offshore Wind: Log Lunch with Megan Higgins

On an unseasonably warm November 4th, the Log Lunch community gathered over a delicious meal of slow roasted tomatoes, kale pesto orzo, cabbage apple slaw, collard chips, and a salad with collard greens, chickpeas, and apple to learn about offshore...
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