Field Studies in Environment, Science, & Sustainability (FSESS)

Class Type: Variable Credit (1-4 units)

Academic Focus: science and sustainability within urban landscapes and beyond

What you need to know:

  • Open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors
  • Offered Winter and Spring quarter
  • FSESS is a weekly 3 hour class typically held on the Evanston campus
  • Class day and time are determined quarterly by polling class participants, with class times set once polling is complete
  • Class can be taken for 1,2,3, or 4 credits (read more about how CFS credit works)
  • Internship time commitment varies from 8-36 hours/week (read more about how CFS credit works)
  • Students work with their employer to negotiate internship hours that are compatible with their class schedule
  • Classes may have mandatory field trips that require students’ absence from their internship
  • You are able to take other classes while participating in this CFS class if you need to. However, we strongly recommend that you take no more than 2 other classes. Students participating for 4 units of credit are expected to dedicate their quarter exclusively to their CFS class and internship.
  • This class will count one credit toward Weinberg Distribution Requirement for Area III: Social and Behavioral Sciences

Course Description

With Chicago as the field, FSESS will focus in particular on questions of science and sustainability within urban landscapes and beyond. We will explore how conflicting political, economic, and social interests and values contend for influence and exert power in the realm of environmental governance. We will look at how the local, regional, national, and international institutions, non-governmental organizations, experts, interest groups, and the public interact in defining environmental problems, and formulating and implementing solutions. Drawing on students' internship experiences, we will also discuss how concepts such the environment, sustainability, and green technology are defined and constructed in practice. Field Studies in Environment, Science, and Sustainability should be especially appealing to anyone interested in exploring the big issues facing the environment, understanding the environmental policy process, and doing something about the planet's changing environments.

2017-2018 Instructor: Sean Harvey

Types of Internships that relate to the Field Studies in Environment, Science & Sustainability class:

(Opportunities in other fields are also available)

For orientation, internship run, and midterm meeting dates, as well as other program obligations, please see the Important Program Dates page