No Place Like This

Environmental Studies

Major • Minor

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No other college offers 27,000 ecologically diverse acres for exploration, research and stewardship. No other college comes close.

Our vast and stunning living laboratory creates countless ways to log practical work experience, tackle important environmental questions and collect a paycheck—while preparing for graduate work or the job market. Berry’s close relationships with environmental organizations throughout the local community create access to a variety of related internships.

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Hands On

You will gain practical experience and perspective, whether contributing to the Agricultural Biodiversity Conservation Project, holding a formal internship (required for the major) with a local organization or studying abroad in Greece or Belize.

Environmental Studies FACULTY

Dr. Brian Campbell
Associate Professor of Anthropology and Environmental Studies
Dr. Brian Campbell

With research focused on the intersection of humanity and the environment, Professor Campbell’s research explores strategies and practices for sustainable co-existence. Campbell’s film production venture, Ozarkadia Films, provides a forum for collaboration with students and independent filmmakers to produce ethnographic films with a focus on environmental anthropology and sustainable land management. 

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Research Riches

Of particular interest to student researchers are our Chestnut Orchard, Long Leaf Pine forests and PawPaw (Asimina trilobal) groves. Berry’s kitchens are a living laboratory for learning about sustainable food management. 

Environmental Studies Courses

ANT 345
Anthropology of Food

Explore the interconnections between distinctive cultures and ethnicities and their food traditions, including production and preparation strategies, consumption and waste/disposal/recycling patterns.

ENV 150
Environment, Society and Culture (Foundations F3a)

Explore environmental issues through social sciences lenses in this interdisciplinary examination of the relationship among human societies, culture and nature—with an emphasis upon our local environment.

ANT 335
Seeing Subsistence

View and critique a range of visual media related to subsistence-based societies and apply such knowledge to document food procurement and consumption practices.

Environmental Studies LIVES

Environmental studies graduate overseeing development of a farm to combat food insecurity
Emmie Cornell ’18 trained in environmental studies with Dr. Brian Campbell, becoming his primary research assistant in her second year. Through Berry’s collaboration, she worked at the Davies Shelter and Bagwell Food Pantry, and was immediately hired upon graduation to become their nutrition counselor and farm manager. She is now overseeing the development of a new farm that will feed the food insecure of Floyd County, and working to implement a food bus to distribute fresh produce to needy areas further afield.


Emmie Cornell

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