Environmental Humanities

Resources, Strengths, Career Paths, Skills

The major in Environmental Humanities prepares students to revitalize public understanding of the natural world through nature education, museum work, community organizing, literacy education, advocacy, business, writing and the arts. We live in an age when government and corporate funding for sustainable practices are reaching new highs annually. Many organizations have begun revising operations and creating departments to develop environmentally friendly products and institute green business practices. Environmental Humanities majors are in a unique position to take advantage of hundreds of thousands of new job opportunities every year in industries which, according to the Federal Government, are expected to grow 52% between 2000 and 2016.

Transferable Skills: Students of Environmental Humanities complete their education with a unique blend of skills and a broad understanding of the societal impact of the use of natural resources. Majors also develop the following skills:

  • Thinking critically and analytically
  • Conducting research and presenting findings
  • Organizing and maintaining accurate records
  • Solving problems and making detailed observations
  • Understanding backgrounds in design, history and culture
  • Public Speaking
  • Technical writing

Career Paths: The major in Environmental Humanities provides students with an optimal platform for entering a wide variety of career fields, including:

  • Environmental advocacy/lobbying
  • Research and development
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Arts and cultural institutions
  • Economic development
  • Green-business management
  • Not-for-Profit work
  • Education in “green” planning and design
  • Food and hospitality industry
  • Eco-tourism and travel

Resources & Professional Associations: There are many professional organizations and other online resources of interest to students of Environmental Humanities. Below is a list of websites to help you start your research:

Also consider joining on-campus clubs related to environmental conservation and advocacy. On-campus student organizations are a great way to meet people with similar interests who may be able to connect you with professionals in your intended field. Visit the Stony Brook University Student Activities site for more information.

Sample Job Titles: The following are some of the jobs that students of the Environmental Humanities program at Stony Brook could expect to secure:

  • Researcher for university or company
  • Eco-tourism professional
  • Museum or historical society administrator
  • Governmental administrator or planner at the federal, state or local level
  • Sustainable landscape and gardening specialist

Note: some of these jobs may require an advanced degree

Additional Information: For more information on Stony Brook’s Sustainability Studies Program with five majors, and three minors, please visit their website at: http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/sustainability