Magazine article Alternatives Journal

A\J's 2014 Environmental Education Guide: 112 Canadian Colleges and Universities Have More Than 700 Interdisciplinary Programs in the Study of Humans and Nature

Magazine article Alternatives Journal

A\J's 2014 Environmental Education Guide: 112 Canadian Colleges and Universities Have More Than 700 Interdisciplinary Programs in the Study of Humans and Nature

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ASNATASHA MILLTASEVIC WRITES in "The Genius of the eneralist" (page 18), a multidisciplinary education was once essential to participation in public life. People with a wide-ranging education had a variety of tools to draw on when problem solving. Increasingly, such people are being called upon to tackle today's complex environmental problems. And increasingly those people are graduating from environmental education programs across Canada.

Environmental Studies grads are finding their skills in demand across every sector of the economy. It's not just that these graduates are passionate and dedicated; it's not just that they have a broad foundation in natural sciences, economics, law, technology and the arts. It's that they have been taught the art of building networks and developing the types of meaningful relationships that foster positive social change.

As Milijasevic makes amply clear, an environmental education prepares students to move with ease into the vast variety of sustainability professions that span all sectors of the economy. Their skills not only allow them to cross disciplinary boundaries on the job, but also to think way outside the box when it comes to employment itself. Many environmental grads are creating their own jobs--identifying needs in their communities and formulating innovative problem-solving strategies.

In the 15 years that AU has been publishing an annual postsecondary education guide, the number of Canadian institutions offering environmental degree options has exploded, as have the range and scope of the programs themselves. …

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