ENTS (Environmental Studies) Program

Environmental Studies looks at environmental issues through multiple lenses: scientific, economic, ethical, social, political, historical, and aesthetic. The major emphasizes critical thinking and laboratory and field research, and encourages participation in internships and off-campus studies. 

ENTS majors choose a focus area from six options:

  • Food and Agriculture
  • Conservation and Development
  • Landscape and Perceptions
  • Water Resources
  • Environmental Justice
  • Energy and Climate

Find more course information and major requirements on the ENTS website.


ACE Classes

Academic Civic Engagement (ACE) at Carleton College is an approach to education focusing on community-based learning, community-based research, and service learning. ACE Courses may be Applied, which generally indicates that a civic engagement project is an integral part of the course, and often involves collaboration with community partners. ACE can also be Theoretical, meaning that it focuses on the theoretical exploration of civic engagement.

These courses may spend a lot of time thinking about issues of public concern, such as policy, social justice, positionality, and different forms of oppression.

Learn more about ACE classes at Carleton and view some past projects and watch the webinar below for more information about how to courses have collaborated with the Climate Action Plan:

Sustainability Comps Projects

Students can do Sustainability-related comps projects in a number of different majors (thanks, liberal arts!). Here are some from 2019–2020 that we loved: