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Environmental Sustainability

Environmental and Social Sustainability Concentration

The environmental and social sustainability concentration focuses on the social, economic, and political aspects of environmental sustainability.

Challenging coursework in various social sciences prepares students to work on such issues as environmental advocacy, conservation and sustainable development, land use and degradation, environmental education and agricultural extension, climate change, waste management, and alternative energy.

This track combines traditional environmental science coursework with applied sociology courses that emphasize international and community development and conservation.

Students may compete for Kauffman-Miller Research Awards, up to for $2500 for summer research supervised by EMU faculty. 

You’ll have hands-on opportunities to work in areas of personal interest like peace education, legislative and foreign policy advocacy, community organizing, restorative justice and mediation, social justice and peace advocacy, human rights and immigrants’ rights.


  • Prospective students may be eligible for the  EMU STEM Scholars Engaging in Local Problems (SSELP) grant, up to $10,000. Learn more about departmental scholarships.
  • EMU has offered close to $1 million in academic merit scholarships collectively to students with outstanding academic achievement. 
  • Academic scholarships range from $12,000 to $20,000 per year and are renewable for four years depending on academic performance.
  • EMU students are eligible for Pell Grants and Federal Need-Based Grants as well as student loans.
  • Virginia students may be eligible for a Virginia Tuition Assistance Grant (VTAG).
  • Learn more by contacting  EMU's Financial Assistance Office or checking out our cost of attendance calculator.