Senior Projects

Viewed by the College as the capstone of the student’s education in the liberal arts and sciences, the Senior Project is an original, individual, focused project growing out of the student’s cumulative academic experiences. EUS Senior Projects have addressed questions pertaining to a wide variety of topics, including: Environment and population growth; sustainable development; environmental impacts of globalization; international efforts to protect the environment; land ownership and the distribution of wealth; the environment and human health; the measurement of environmental quality; distributive impacts of environmental policy; environmental racism; alternative energy; urban sprawl; land-use planning; land and tax policy; wilderness protection; watershed protection; deforestation; habitat loss; agricultural subsidies; organic farming; animal welfare; pollution control policy; fisheries; species extinction; transportation policy; ecotourism; the viability of small communities; and environmental politics, art, and education.


Preparation for the senior project begins in junior year with meetings with advisors, course work, tutorials and seminars, all directed towards developing a deeper understanding of the student's interests within EUS. Juniors are also required to submit a one-page, single-spaced senior project proposal, which should describe a topic that might be the basis for the student's senior project. The proposal should include a possible research question(s), an explanation of how the project is interdisciplinary in its approach and list of potential faculty advisors. Instructions for proposal submissions will be distributed at least four weeks before Registration Day, the semester prior to the start of the senior project. During senior year, one course each semester is devoted to completing the senior project to fulfill the 8 credit requirement.

Recent Senior Projects


  • MAGGIE ROSE BERKE Bay Shore, New York
    Environmental and Urban Studies: “Naturalized Women and Womanized Earth: Connecting the Journeys of Womanhood and the Earth, from the Early Modern Era to the Industrial Revolution”
    Concentration: Gender and Sexuality Studies
    Project Adviser: Tabetha Ewing
    Environmental and Urban Studies: “Field to Feedlot: How U.S. Policy Promoted Cattle Concentration”
    Project Adviser: Kris Feder
  • AVERY EVELYN CROSS Carlisle, Massachusetts
    Environmental and Urban Studies: “Recognizing the Interdependent Self: The Perception of the Production and Consumption of Meat at Bard College”
    Project Adviser: Tatjana Myoko von Prittwitz und Gaffron CCS ’99
  • SOPHIE FERRIS D’ANIERI Portland, Maine
    Environmental and Urban Studies: “Bridging Inequity through Farmer’s Market Mobility: Food Access Barriers and Alternative Food Systems in Kingston, New York”
    Project Adviser: Peter Klein
  • AUGUST MCINTYRE DINE Hastings-on- Hudson, New York
    Environmental and Urban Studies: “Identifying Atlanta: John Portman, Postmodernism, and Pop Culture”
    Project Adviser: Peter L’Official
  • DUNCAN WILLIAM ROUTH North Yarmouth, Maine
    Environmental and Urban Studies: “Narrating Arcosanti: A Utopian Project Considered through its Representations”
    Project Adviser: Olga Touloumi
    Environmental and Urban Studies: “Nitrate Loading in the Saw Kill Watershed: Small Watershed Nutrient Dynamics, Answering a Community Question, and Assessing Methodological Approaches”
    Project Adviser: M. Elias Dueker
  • OLIVIA RACHEL WILLIAMS San Rafael, California
    Environmental and Urban Studies and Mathematics: “Modeling Purple Sea Urchin and California Sheephead Populations in Southern California Kelp Forests”
    Project Advisers: John Cullinan and M. Elias Dueker

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