环境研究 & Sciences Program prepares students to be leaders in the 21st century world in which environmental questions will become increasingly pressing. 这些问题需要全球视角, and Rhodes helps to prepare students think about the environment from a world wide point of view by encouraging study abroad and international internship opportunities. Our students have already worked on environmental and related issues in Bolivia, 南非, 哥斯达黎加, 纳米比亚, 以及其他国际地点.
同时, this Program is unique from similar programs at other schools by using the resources of our local community. As a small liberal arts college in an urban setting, there are numerous possibilities for research relating to urban environmental questions (brownfields, 环境正义, 等.). 除了, 我们在密西西比河沿岸的位置, 在三角洲的边缘, and atop the New Madrid Fault present other possible opportunities for students to study and research environmental issues in hands on ways. This Program models the time honored environmental saying: “think globally, act locally.”
环境研究 & Sciences Program at Rhodes offers several distinct advantages to students.
所有学生都要修广泛的课程, which requires them to think across disciplinary lines. Twelve different departments participate in the program. Our core courses ask students to think about environmental issues past and present from a humanities/social sciences approach, 以及自然科学的观点. Regardless of which major from our Program one pursues, students are always involved in an interdisciplinary approach to the study of the environment.
All students in both majors must take Geographic Information Systems, a crucial and highly marketable skill for anyone working with environmental issues today.
Rhodes is well situated for a range of research and study since it is both in the Mississippi River ecosystem and on top of the New Madrid fault, and also located in a major urban area with all of the associated environmental issues that come with cities. Thus Rhodes students encounter a wide range of environmental issue in their own back yard.
因为它的位置, Rhodes students have a broad range of internships and volunteer opportunities in the Memphis region. We have partnerships with the Memphis Zoo and organizations like Shelby Farms Park Conservancy (the largest urban park in the US), 美国桥梁, 沃尔夫河保护协会, 宜居的孟菲斯, 绿色叉子计划, 还有很多我们安排实习生的地方.
罗兹强调学生研究, and the 环境研究及科学 Program has embraced that goal as well. 学生 have participated in the 正规博彩十大网站排名区域研究所, an 8 week summer research experience; they have presented work at our 本科研究 and Creative Activities Symposium (URCAS); and they have presented research in local and national conferences.
We encourage students to study abroad/away when possible. 学生 can study in 纳米比亚 as part of a course on Environmental Issues in Southern Africa. Our partnerships with the Teton Science Schools in Jackson, 怀俄明, allows students to take a summer course on Rocky Mountain Ecology. 学生 go on any number of other study abroad programs around the world and often count those courses toward their Environmental Studies or Environmental Sciences majors.
环境研究 & Sciences Program has been able to offer travel grants to our students attending conferences or doing research off campus, and we have also provided grants to majors and minors doing environmental study abroad programs.
最后, 作为一个严格的小型文理学院的一部分, students in this program get lots of personal attention and mentoring. Those personal connections with professors lead to richer classroom and research experiences as well as more detailed and personal letters of recommendation.