Members of the Facebook group “Support the Environmental Studies Linked Major at Wesleyan” received the following message last night:
Good News: We now have a Environmental Studies Major at Wesleyan!!! It passed today at the faculty meeting! Thanks so much everyone for your help at support! I will keep this group running for a while for questions about the major. No news on declaring yet, but I will post info about declaring the major, courses, description etc etc in the coming weeks. Thanks so much again everyone!!
According to group creator Eliana Theodorou ’12, the major will go into effect in the fall. Rising sophomores will be able to declare it, and rising juniors will likely be able to switch as well. The group also notes that “Students will still have to fulfill requirements for another major to gain expertise in an area. The Environmental Studies major is linked so that students will be able to bring use their expertise from another major to the table when dealing with environmental issues.” The major requires one introductory course and seven electives, including a senior “capstone project” and senior colloquium. The Environmental Studies certificate will still be offered as well.
WesMaps still only lists the Environmental Studies certificate, and be aware there hasn’t been an official confirmation of this yet. Still, I see no reason to doubt this.