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Vanderbilt University Offers Climate and Environmental Studies Major

A degree in climate studies often means studying something in the STEM field, as most universities have climate science majors where students have degrees in economics or engineering.

According to EcoWatch, Vanderbilt University is changing this. They plan to start a new program in fall 2022. 

Green Forests Work’s goal is to reforest the site near Daniel Boone National Forest. The forest was last mined more than 30 years ago and is now mostly barren with some invasive plant species. The nonprofit wants to restore the forest habitat so it can blend in with neighboring – and unmined – woodland.

“Science can tell us what’s happening, but to understand what people can do, people need to be talking about values and ethics. People need to be talking about how society works and how the political process works. It’s really important to have all these different perspectives coming into it.”

The University says that professors with different perspectives on climate change will be teaching the courses. The aim is to expose students to different ideas and let them decide which ones they think are more persuasive. 

Also, courses will be comprised of climate science courses, climate, and environmental studies, social sciences, natural sciences, and humanities. Humanities, in particular, will be a large part of the program. This includes studying literature, values, and ethics.

Climate change courses will be available to all students, not only those who are majoring in climate studies. Vanderbilt hopes that this will educate students about climate change and maybe influence their career paths. 

Marina is passionate about sustainability and works to help ensure our planet stays as our home for a long time. She takes part in environmental conservation by recycling and not buying single-use plastic. When not writing, she can be found with her nose stuck in a book or trying out new baking recipes.

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