Climate change. Disappearing rain forests. Polluted and toxic oceans. For lovers of the natural world, there’s never been more cause for worry. But there’s also some good news — with a degree in environmental studies and sustainability, you can join the fight to protect our planet on multiple fronts.
Outdoor adventures await you
Unlock your inner explorer through class field trips and short travel courses. Measure animal diversity during the fall snake migration in southern Illinois. Harvest native plant seeds at the Nature Conservancy’s Nachusa prairie while buffalo roam nearby. Hike the Grand Canyon or snorkel coral reefs.
Discover your opportunities
Hone your research skills within minutes of campus and discover the links between your life and local ecosystems. Test control methods for invasive plants at LeSuer Nature Preserve. Explore the effects of pharmaceutical contaminants on behavior of fish and frogs. Measure population density of turtles at Hamilton Pond. Monitor native plant and animal populations at Spring Grove Prairie.
Get hands-in-the-dirt experience
Get dirty with hands-on restoration efforts at LeSuer Nature Preserve. Plant trees, burn a prairie, stabilize a stream bank. Or explore agricultural ecology at the educational garden and farm while pursuing a minor in global food security. Propose solutions to climate change and implement them on campus and in the community.
Antoinette Meciej '17 works as a communication, marketing and public program specialist at Kendall County (Illinois) Forest Preserve District.
Theatre professor Vanessa Campagna previews Little Women, which will be performed April 15-18 at the Wells Theater; biology professor Ken Cramer and environmental studies and sustainability major Grace Simpson ’23 of Metamora, Illinois, discuss efforts to help make the campus carbon-neutral in the next decade (10:27).
The best way to learn another culture is to experience it.
Our Monmouth in Mérida program immerses students in a Spanish-speaking culture for a full semester at the same cost as staying on campus.
In addition to regular courses – which include two taught in Spanish – students have an optional service-learning opportunity and stay with host families. Students can also explore local villages and add stamps to their passports by traveling to other countries.
The combined strength of five outstanding programs: Global Food Security; Global Public Health; Peace, Ethics & Social Justice; Peace Corp Preparation Program; and the Rural Teacher Corps (TARTANS). Together, they work with students to help solve problems the world faces by starting to make change on campus.