Environmental Studies at Yale-NUS combines elements of some of the world’s strongest Environmental Studies programmes with the unique opportunities provided by a liberal arts college in a vibrant Asian city. We strive to be different in ways that build upon the best experiences in undergraduate education. Our students and faculty work together on environmental topics both local and global, drawing upon the natural sciences, social sciences, and humanities in our work. Coursework and applied experience expose students to a range of environmental issues from the familiar, such as energy choices and climate change, to the less well-studied, like the rise of consumerism and the impacts of changing settlement patterns.
To make all this happen, the programme is organised around an area of specialisation (AoS) designed by students in consultation with their advisor in the third year of study. The AoS is supplemented by a rigorous one-year research or practitioner project, and is often informed by study abroad and internship experiences. Students prepare for their AoS by completing introductory and follow-up courses that interrogate the range of approaches to Environmental Studies while developing key concepts and approaches in the field. The College’s Common Curriculum also informs the AoS, as do independent readings and other close work with the Environmental Studies faculty.
In addition to formal coursework within the programme, Environmental Studies students often become involved with campus and local environmental issues through student groups like I’dECO or a growing number of environmental organisations and businesses in Singapore. The Environmental Studies faculty, often in coordination with the College’s Centre for International & Professional Experience (CIPE), encourages and facilitates this hands-on work.