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, writing and the arts. “Green” jobs are found among the fastest growing fields in the 21st-century global economy.

Government and corporate funding for retrofitting buildings, reconfiguring mass transit and restoring wildlife preserves reaches new highs every year. Many organizations have begun reprioritizing departments and creating initiatives to develop environmentally friendly products and develop new green business practices. Minimizing the use of resources while lowering costs is an important incentive for businesses, government, and individuals to innovate and operate more sustainably. To achieve this, there is a need for skilled analysts, consultants, educators, advocates, planners, and policy makers. Many of these jobs did not exist several years ago and this “green” sector of the economy is expected to continue to grow.

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:

  • Understanding of demography and statistics
  • Conducting research and presenting findings
  • Collecting and analyzing data
  • Critical thinking and problem solving
  • Working in teams and understanding advocacy
  • Public speaking and presentation
  • Technical writing and communication

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
  • Environmental film and media
  • Eco-aesthetics and design
  • Eco-literacy education
  • Research and education in the humanities
  • Arts and culture
  • Nonprofit and government
  • Eco-tourism and travel
  • Food and hospitality industry
  • Eco-tourism and travel
  • Historic preservation and restoration
  • Humanitarian aid

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:

  • Travel and eco-tourism professional
  • Museum or historical society professional
  • Environmental educator
  • Environmental journalist
  • Community advocate
  • Environmental conservationist

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 six minors, please visit their website at: http://www.stonybrook.edu/commcms/sustainability