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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, BC Gavel, and BC Magazine websites.


“40 Years of Exploration and Conservation in China and Beyond”

Tuesday, March 29, 2016
5:00 – 6:30 p.m., Stokes Hall South, Room 195

Dr. How Man Wong visits Boston College from Hong Kong to deliver this installment of the The Daniel C. Morrissey ’88 and Chanannait Paisansathan, MD Lecture Series in Asian Studies. He will discuss his career as an explorer and conservationist.

“Shrinking the Earth: The Rise and Decline of American Abundance”

Wednesday, April 20, 2016
4:00 p.m., McGuinn 121

Donald Worster has agreed to give a speech on his new book, “Shrinking the Earth: The Rise and Decline of American Abundance.” The talk will be about a broad theme — the shift from the post Columbus sense of new world natural abundance (and economic growth) to the age of seeing a tiny, vulnerable Earth from outer space. 

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.

Environmental Studies blog

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