Established in 1994, the Ph.D. program in the Department of Environmental Studies at UCSC emphasizes close faculty-student interactions, department-wide intellectual exchange, and the flexibility for continued innovation. The goal of our Ph.D. program is to develop exceptional individuals with strong foundations in their own fields, and the ability to work with those in other relevant disciplines. Our faculty and students are deeply involved in ongoing environmental debates, and our program's structure is based on the belief that effective and useful environmental practice must be informed by interdisciplinary perspectives.
The program draws from two main areas: ecology and social science.These all are historically independent fields and UCSC's Environmental Studies program is one of the first to link them!
Western Association of Schools and Colleges, Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities