Graduates of the Environmental Studies program follow a number of different paths upon their graduation from Luther. Some continue their studies by attending graduate school, others choose to give back to society by entering into one of a number of different volunteer corps, while others go on to a wide assortment of fulfilling careers. To learn more about some of these graduates, see alumni profiles.
Many Environmental Studies graduates spend the year or two after Luther involved with volunteer corps developing their skills, building relationships, and discovering new passions. These long-term volunteer positions prepare graduates for success in the graduate degree program or career path of their choosing, while also providing them the opportunity to give back to society. Each long-term volunteer opportunity is unique, so students can discover one that best matches their personal interests and desired living situation.
Past graduates have participated in the following programs. Click the program name for a summary of the program, important application information, and profiles of Luther graduates who have participated in the program.
- AmeriCorps NCCC
- AmeriCorps State and National
- AmeriCorps Vista
- Habitat for Humanity
- Holden Village
- Lutheran Volunteer Corps
- Peace Corps
- Student Conservation Association
- Urban Servant Corps
- World Hunger Relief, Inc.
- World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms
Graduates of the Environmental Studies program go on to a wide assortment of careers. Many, but not all, fit into one of the four “career paths” listed below. Finding the right career path can be a long, and sometimes even life-long, endeavor. When students consider potential career paths, it is important not only to consider areas of intellectual interest, but also the work environments and levels of interpersonal, technical, and manual work that are typically required by each path.
Click on a career path for information about the kinds of people that do well in it, the types of positions it includes, and profiles of some Luther graduates who are currently employed in the path.
For more information about the four career paths, consult the book Great Jobs for Environmental Studies Majors, which can be found in the Environmental Studies office suite as well as the Career Center. Conversations with faculty can also provide important insights on finding an appropriate career path.