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Students and faculty throughout Marlboro’s four areas of the liberal arts curriculum engage with issues of the environment. The Environmental Studies Colloquium, offered each year and usually co-taught, introduces students to faculty across the curriculum and to their disciplinary approaches when considering topics such as climate change, water, or environmental racism. Examples of introductory and intermediate-level courses taught recently include:

  • Agroecology
  • Biology of Social Issues
  • China’s Next Gold is Green: A Study in Contemporary Authoritarian Environmentalism
  • Culture and Ecology of the Western U.S.
  • Energy
  • Environmental Philosophy
  • Food Justice and the Real Food Challenge
  • Food, Language, and Culture
  • Forest Ecology
  • From the Garden to the Kitchen—Experiments with Food and Cooking
  • Global Literary Responses to Environmental Crisis: A Multi-Genre Writing Workshop
  • Introduction to Cartography: History, Theory and Practice
  • Outdoor Leadership
  • Re-Imagining the Human: Colonial Remains within Climate Futures,
  • The Art of Survival: Sculpture for Staying Alive
  • Wood Sculpture: Sticks, Stumps and Two-By-Fours

Fields of study such as politics or film and video studies may also offer courses that include environmental themes. Some students take an environmental studies course and then go on work within other fields at Marlboro, while others complete Plan work in environmental studies in areas such as ecological design, sustainable agriculture, forest agroecosystems, human biology and health, ecopsychology, or environmental literature.

Students take both a breadth of courses across disciplines environmental studies and engage deeply with one or two of the disciplines such as visual arts and ecology or environmental policy and chemistry. Most students complete an experiential component during Plan. Examples include internships, field research, community engagement or service, or participation in a travel program led by Marlboro faculty. Please see Fields of Study related to environmental studies for examples of faculty Areas of Interest for Plan Level Work and Sample Tutorial Topics.


(a mostly random selection of Marlboro microdestinations)