Environmental Studies and Politics Concentration

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The environmental studies and politics program is directed at students who are considering graduate studies, law school or careers in work related to the environment. It is an interdisciplinary study that includes courses in political science and the natural sciences. The environmental studies and politics program is the only program of its kind in the region. 

The program is structured to allow students to organize electives to focus on the aspect of the program that they find most interesting and to strengthen their preparation for a specific career track. For example, a student preparing for law school can use electives to take more courses in law. A student interested in public policy can use electives to take more courses in public administration.

Topics of Study:

  • American Government
  • Introduction to Public Administration
  • Environmental Politics
  • International Relations
  • American Foreign Policy
  • Political Theory
  • American Political Thought
  • Contemporary Environmental Issues
  • Environmental History of the U.S.
  • Environmental Law
  • Research Methods in Social Science
  • Contemporary Issues in Politics
  • American Congress
  • American Presidency of State and Local Politics
  • Political Science Project
Topics of Study in the Natural Sciences:
(Many of these courses require labs)
  • Environmental Problem Solving
  • Plant Science
  • Chemical Principles
  • Physical Geology
  • Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
  • Applied Environmental Science

Students who graduate from Mercyhurst University with an environmental studies and politics concentration in political science have enjoyed a great deal of professional success. In recent years, students have attended graduate programs in environmental policy, including that of top-ranked Indiana University, or attended law school. Other graduates are working for the Environmental Protection Agency or nonprofits addressing environmental concerns.


Cummings Gallery
Art Faculty Show

Dates: Aug 21-Sep 28, 2014

Location: Cummings Gallery

William Close and The Earth Harp Collective
William Close and The Earth Harp Collective

Dates: Sep 5

Location: Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center

Anais Mitchell
Anaïs Mitchell

Dates: Sep 30

Location: Erie Art Museum

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