Academic Opportunities

Academic Opportunities

As a liberal arts college, Swarthmore's commitment to sustainability is most effectively met through its educational mission. Students address challenges facing the environment through course work, study abroad programs, opportunities for environmental studies research, internships, and community engagement opportunities.

Environmental Studies Program

Environmental studies at Swarthmore offers numerous opportunities for rigorous interdisciplinary work by addressing the scientific, engineering, social, political, economic, literary, and philosophical dimensions of environmental issues. The program aims to bring students and faculty together to explore the interactions among earth systems, human societies, and local and global environments. See the program's list of courses offered each semester.


From studying plants' response to elevated temperatures and the effect this has on crop yields (explore Professor Nick Kaplinsky's lab page) to identifying issues of social and economic (in)equity (listen to a lecture by Professor Giovanna Di Chiro), sustainability research at Swarthmore involves a broad spectrum of projects oriented to the relationships between human practices and the natural environment. Learn more about some of the current faculty projects [pdf]

Study Abroad

Swarthmore College sponsors environmental study abroad programs in Cape Town, South Africa and Central Europe (Krakow, Poland and Brno, Czech Republic).


Each year the Environmental Studies  program awards the James H. Scheuer Environmental Internship  to the winning applicant whose proposal embraces environmental concerns.

Additionally, the Career Services Office maintains internship resources related to science & the environment and will help interested students find internships and externships related to environmental topics.