In June 2015, Pope Francis released an encyclical about climate change and our obligation to protect our environment. He stated, "We must regain the conviction that we need one another, that we have a shared responsibility for others and the world, and that being good and decent are worth it." That sentiment is the spirit behind the Environmental Studies major at Catholic University.

Based in the School of Architecture and Planning, the Environmental Studies program looks at buildings in society; their impact and how we can minimize the risk and harm our man-made creations have on our natural environment. The overarching lesson taught in Environmental Studies is stewardship while building in our environment.

As an Environmental Studies major, you will take a variety of community building labs, along with architecture, biology, and engineering classes. Your classes will be interactive and provide opportunities to practice your knowledge in the field with the help of experienced faculty and instructors.