You'll gain the knowledge and skills to join the growing group of environmental policy professionals who are agents of change to tackle the multi-dimensional problems that affect the world we live in. The entire curriculum and teaching philosophy of the Environmental Policy major at Champlain is designed to cultivate specific cutting-edge competencies that address complex, inter-connected environmental, economic and social justice issues.
By the time you complete the academic and internship requirements for your Environmental Policy degree, you will be able to:
- Manage information—Locate, use, evaluate and communicate quality information—ecological, economic, chemical, physical, mathematical and other—needed for making decisions on environmental policy. Discern the quality of information on environmental issues.
- Analyze issues—Define and debate the technical, social, cultural, institutional, emotional and ideological aspects of local, national and global environmental issues. Comprehend, name and accurately describe—including origins, impacts and means of resolving—environmental issues of the present, and those that may occur in the near and long term future. Define the term "policy" and its uses with respect to environmental issues.
- Communicate—Demonstrate the communication skills needed to guide policy in ways which will foster sustainable practices. This includes interpersonal, written and oral communication as well as skills in conflict management.
- Investigate sustainability—Explore and synthesize the developing concept of sustainability as applied to environmental issues. Define what sustainable living implies for developed, developing and underdeveloped areas of the planet.
- Interpret relevant data—Recognize measures and associated technology appropriate for information gathering in this field. Use mathematical and statistical analyses effectively.
- Describe and compare governmental and systematic impacts—For the U.S., describe the processes of selecting those who represent us at the local, state and federal levels of government and the major institutions and agencies—governmental or otherwise—involved in environmental policy decision making. Describe the international major political and economic systems, cultural, economic and environmental aspects of "globalism" and "privatization."
- Develop policy in an interdisciplinary context—Describe some of the major sociological, psychological, theological, economic and cultural considerations that separate us in the way we view environmental issues. Develop and defend environmental policy choices for business, industry, government and non-governmental institutions in the U.S. or elsewhere.
- Apply ethical codes of conduct in analysis, interpretation and development of environmental policy.