The minor in Environmental Studies exists to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to meet the unprecedented ecological crisis facing the world today in a manner that is informed by the mission of Benedictine College. Drawing inspiration from the rich tradition of Catholic social teaching and carried out in an interdisciplinary mode, emphasis is placed upon the vital importance of fostering care for both the created world as well as the most vulnerable of society inhabiting it. This unique, holistic approach brings together concern for conservation and understanding of the natural world with an emphasis on the dignity and responsibility of the human person within creation.
In consultation with the co-directors of the Center for Integral Ecology, the student desiring to minor in Environmental Studies must submit both a plan of study and a detailed statement concerning the purpose of the proposed program. Individuals pursuing an environmental studies minor are required to complete a minimum of eighteen hours of designated courses.