2013-2014 Pitzer Catalog 
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2013-2014 Pitzer Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Environmental Analysis

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Environmental Analysis is an interdisciplinary major focusing on the interaction between human and non-human components of the biosphere. The major applies approaches in the social sciences, arts and humanities, and natural sciences to understanding and solving environmental problems. Environmental Analysis offers an integrated, unifying perspective on life, as well as a program for affecting positive change. The major prepares students for graduate work and careers in teaching, public policy and administration, law, environmental sciences, international affairs, environmental design, and the non-profit sector. Developing sustainable ways of living is one of the greatest challenges of our time. The Environmental Analysis Program combines the strengths of the five Claremont Colleges to provide robust interdisciplinary training for students interested in environmental issues. Resources for field research, community-based research, and service learning include the Robert Redford Conservancy for Southern California Sustainability, the Firestone Center for Restoration Ecology in Costa Rica, the Pitzer in Costa Rica Program, the Pitzer in Ontario Program, the John R. Rodman Arboretum, the Bernard Biological Field Station, and numerous local partnerships.


The Environmental Analysis Program regards study abroad as a valuable, though not required, part of the curriculum, enabling students to secure deeper appreciation of the global dimensions of environmental challenges. Additionally, the Program encourages students to engage in internships and fieldwork that move them beyond the classroom and library to engage in research and action.

Pitzer Advisers: P. Faulstich, M. Herrold-Menzies, L. Neckar, S. Phillips, B. Sarathy


Keck Science Advisers: (Environmental Science Track): D. McFarlane, K. Purvis-Roberts, C. Robins, D. Thomson, B. Williams.


Learning Outcomes of the Program in Environmental Analysis

Student Learning Outcomes for All Tracks in Environmental Analysis:

  1. Understand and describe the complex social, scientific and humanistic aspects of environmental issues.
  2. Understand and apply both disciplinary and interdisciplinary analysis to environmental issues.
  3. Critically analyze, evaluate, and interpret scholarly arguments and popular discourse and be able to communicate this analysis to a variety of communities.
  4. Develop well-reasoned solutions to environmental predicaments, testing them against relevant criteria and standards.
  5. Be able to craft well-researched, informative and effective scholarly presentations.
  6. Contribute knowledge and action regarding environmental issues to the public through service learning, internships, community-based research, and other activities.

Environmental Internship Guidelines

Environmental Analysis majors must engage in one semester’s worth of intensive (70-100 hours, or 7-10 hours per week for 10 weeks) internship work with an organization. Students are encouraged to complete the internship requirement before their senior year. Options for completing this requirement are as follows:

Independent Study: Students may fulfill the internship requirement as an independent study, to be arranged with an appropriate professor. See the ‘Independent Study and Internships’ section of the catalog for more information.

Study Abroad: A student may petition to have work abroad in the Costa Rica program or another study abroad site count toward the requirement. Students must furnish proof of hours and submit the final product (DISP, field notes, final paper, etc.) to the EA field group for approval.

Ontario Program: Students may complete their internships through the Ontario Program. Internships and final papers must explicitly revolve around environmental issues. Students must work with an advisor from Environmental Analysis to ensure that their Ontario work is appropriate to the major.

Adding Hours: A regular Environmental Analysis class with a community-based component usually does not require enough hours to meet the major’s internship requirement. Professors may allow students to add hours to their required off- campus work. Similarly, students can propose to add an internship to a class that does not currently have a community-based component. In both cases, the student must have the professor’s prior written approval, and written agreement from the host organization. CEC staff will request time sheets from the organization. In all cases, students are responsible for completing required internship forms and evaluations.

Non-credit Internship. Students may complete their internships outside of their academic coursework over the course of a semester or during the summer. Students are still required to complete all forms, training and requirements and are responsible for being in communication with the appropriate internship adviser.


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