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Program Director: Kumu Kahoali`i Keahi-Wood
Program Advisors: Dr. Gail Grabowsky and Kumu Kahoali`i Keahi-Wood
Interdisciplinary Contributing Faculty: Dr. Gail Grabowsky, Kumu Kahoali`i Keahi-Wood, Dr. James Kraus, Dr. Bryan Mann, Dr. Lupita Ruiz-Jones, Dr. Robert Santee, Dr. Bulent Terem, Dr. Henry Trapido-Rosenthal, Sister Malia Wong

Environmental Studies Mission Statement

Chaminade University is a Marianist Institution committed as an extension of Marianist values to producing local, state, national and international servant-leaders adept at the multidisciplinary acts of understanding, communicating, ameliorating and preserving or developing more harmonious interactions with the environment. The University’s major in Environmental Studies produces skilled intellectual pre-professionals considerate of the spiritual, ethical, scientific, economic, political, legal, historical and cultural aspects of environmental issues. Students in the Environmental Studies Program benefit from a learning experience which prepares them for the real world through course work, fieldwork, research, service and apprenticeship in the community.

Environmental Studies Program Description

The major and minor in Environmental Studies does the following:

  1. Teach students the many interconnected components of environmental issues, their causes and consequences, and how to achieve sustainable solutions to each

  2. Clarify the ethics that guide decision-making processes pertaining to environmental issues

  3. Enable students to experience environmental activities, research, policy and professions first-hand

  4. Prepare students for environmental careers and graduate or professional schools with environmental and sustainability emphasis.

Students seeking the major in Environmental Studies will acquire the broad-based knowledge required to fully comprehend and successfully problem-solve environmental challenges, design sustainable solutions for the future, work in the environmental industry and run environmental businesses and organizations. The major prepares students for careers in environmental: service, science, sustainability, business, communications, consulting, ethics, health, law, policy, as well as careers in the ever-growing government and non-profit environmental sectors.