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Mapping Your Academic Path

EUS majors have a variety of interests related to improving the human and non-human world around us.
The EUS program allows students a good deal of flexibility in determining their unique paths while also ensuring their preparation for moderation, senior project, and graduation. There are required courses along the way as well as self-selected courses...

By the time of moderation, EUS students should have taken:
  • The two introductory courses (EUS 101 and EUS 102) and
  • a 200-level EUS course (in Econ, History, or a Science).

By the time of graduation, EUS students should have completed:
  • 2 more 200-level EUS courses (in Econ, History, or a Science--for a total of one of each),
  • 3 Focus Area courses (two at the 300-level),
  • the EUS practicum (with a new real-world focus every year--previous courses here),
  • the EUS colloquium (a speaker series with a new topic each year), and
  • an EUS Internship (more info on the EUS Internship here).

Contact Us

Michele Dominy
Professor of Anthropology and Environmental Studies
Director of Environmental and Urban Studies

Bard College
PO Box 5000
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504
Phone: 845-758-7870

Sample Focus Areas and 4-Year Plans

In consultation with their advisor and moderation board, the student maps out an individualized path within one Focus Area. The four most popular focus areas are:
  1. Physical Sciences
  2. Humanities
  3. Social Studies
  4. Urban Studies
Each focus area accommodates a wide variety of specializations. Listed below are a few of the possible areas for study and research within each Focus Area. Each of these titles suggests any number of course sequences that satisfy the Focus Area requirement. The lists that follow depict sample four-year plans of study in popular Focus Areas. Each plan satisfies the requirements of the EUS major, ensures both breadth and depth, indicates when distribution requirements might be satisfied, and suggests elective courses related to EUS and the Focus Area.

Physical Sciences

(Biology, Physics, Chemistry)
  • Water and Food Systems
  • Energy Systems
  • Ecology
  • Geology / Chemistry
  • Climate Change / Biodiversity
  • Air / Water / Solid Waste Pollution
  • Technologies for Sustainable Communities



(History, Philosophy, Literature)
  • Environmental History
  • Philosophy of the Environment/Environmental Justice
  • Literature of the Environment
  • Environment and the Arts
  • Nature and Man in the Great Religions
  • Urban History (emphasizing arts and literature)
  • Environmental Stewardship and Sustainable Communities


Social Studies

(Political Studies, Economics, Anthropology)
  • Environmental Politics in the United States
  • Global Environmental Politics
  • Environmental Economics / Urban Economics
  • Economics of Natural Resources
  • Ecological Economics / Geoclassical Economics
  • Environmental Law
  • Environment and Culture
  • Environmental Archaeology/Economic Anthropology
  • Economic Development
  • Population Studies
  • Human/Cultural Geography
  • Environmental Psychology
  • Urban Sociology
  • Institutions for Sustainable Communities


Urban Studies

(Architecture, Urban History, Urban Economics, others)
  • Urban Policy and Planning
  • Urban Geography
  • Greening the City
  • Urban History (emphasizing politics, economics, and policy)
  • Sustainable Cities