Environmental Studies

Environmental Studies at Luther College

Luther College offers students many opportunities to connect with our natural environment. Whether you want to major or minor in environmental studies or simply join a group of fellow students passionate about the conversation, the options abound.

Experiential and place-based learning

Luther's location in Decorah's Oneota Valley offers the perfect setting for connecting with nature as well as unique opportunities for students and faculty to explore environmental issues. The natural laboratory provided by the 1,000-acre Luther campus and the surrounding area, together with collaborations both on campus and in the local community provide opportunities for students to gain salient hands-on experience with environmental issues, from biodiversity surveys and soil testing to campus energy conservation and local food system work.

Outside of the classroom, we connect students to valuable experiential learning opportunities, whether conducting research with faculty members, completing internships off-campus, or putting theory into practice in a variety of work-study positions with Luther's Center for Sustainable Communities.

Interdisciplinary studies

Luther College offers both a major and minor in environmental studies with more than 40 courses from over a dozen academic departments and programs. These classes provide many avenues to learn about our environment and to engage in dialogue about ways of addressing the many environmental challenges we face. Luther’s environmental studies program, with more than twenty faculty members, challenges students to become systems-thinkers who can apply their skills to assessing and solving real world problems.