The program was launched in 2012 after the development of a new minor in environmental and sustainability studies. This minor is focused on the humanities and social sciences, but it also includes exposure to the natural sciences. The minor in Earth and Environmental Sciences is also available for students who wish to pursue a more natural science-oriented curriculum.
At this point students who wish to pursue a full major in environmental and sustainability studies can do so as an independent major. They may also pursue a major in Earth and Environmental Sciences or focus on environmental studies within a variety of majors, including anthropology, civil engineering, and sociology. The rules for forming an independent major are available here.
Environmental Studies at Vanderbilt