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Upcoming Events

The Environmental Studies Program will be hosting a series of two talks by Prof. David Montgomery from the University of Washington.

First Talk
Tuesday, February 14 at 3:00 p.m.
Gasson 305
Reception to follow in Devlln 201
David and his wife, biologist Anne Biklé, will speak on their 2015 book, The Hidden Half of Nature: the Microbial Roots of Life and Health. This book shows how breakthroughs in microbiology are leading to an understanding of the links between the health of our digestive systems and the soil from which the plants that nourish us grow. The event will be followed by a reception and book signing in Devlin 201.
Please RSVP for this event


Now in its fifth year, the Boston College Energy and Environment Alumni Network (BCEEAN) has quickly emerged as one of the largest alumni affinity groups, its growth rooted in the number of BC graduates working in a range of professions tied to the energy and environment sectors.

The Environmental Studies Program is proud to offer a new interdisciplinary degree in environmental studies. The first cohort of 15 majors, selected from a strong applicant pool of members of the class of 2017, began their work in the fall of 2014. More information about the major can be found on the BC Chronicle, The Gavel, and BC Magazine websites.

Course Spotlight

SOCY 5560: Environmental Sociology

This course reviews some of the major literatures and lines of research in environmental sociology. The literature emphasized here (1) pioneered the formation of environmental sociology, (2) directed its various trajectories, and (3) represents recent developments. Classical readings include the works of Karl Marx, Kautsky, and Adam Smith. Early environmental sociology works include those of Catton, Dunlap, Freudenberg, Buttel, Schnaiberg, Merchant, and others. Contemporary trajectories explored include ecological modernization, treadmill of production, ecology of the world-system, world polity theory, eco-Marxism, eco-feminism, actor-network theory, environmental justice, critical studies of global environmental governance, and political ecology.

Studies Blog

Visit the Program's blog for updated news, links to interesting articles, and program updates.