The Environmental Fellows Program consists of four main components: academic requirements, co-curricular activities, a field experience, and the Junior Leadership Project. In their first year, Environmental Fellows are assigned a program advisor from one of the program's faculty members.
In order to meet the interdisciplinary aspect of the program, students are required to complete a minimum six courses from a variety of departments across campus. They will include at least three courses in the sciences and three from the social sciences, arts and humanities. Each course must have an environmental focus and be approved by the program to fulfill the requirements. Courses are approved on a semester-by-semester basis and posted under Approved Courses.
First Year Seminars
Incoming freshman in the Environmental Fellows Program are strongly encouraged to request First Year Seminars (FYS) that have a strong environmental aspect.
Senior Capstone Course
The capstone course invites Fellows to apply what they have learned and collaborate with their peers from different majors to develop potential solutions to real-world environmental problems. This group approach emulates the way that environmental professionals work, and allows students to show case both their disciplinary training and their interdisciplinary experiences.
Co-curricular activities form a major portion of the program. Activities include speakers, field trips, social events, service events, and community outreach projects. These activities broaden the exposure to environmental issues as well as the professional skills (communication, leadership, teamwork) of members of the program. As they progress in the program, Environmental Fellows will attend, participate in, and organize co-curricular events.
Environmental Fellows also complete a field experience (internship, off-campus study, research, civic or creative project) that is environmentally focused. The goal is to add a strong experiential learning component and provide students with learning opportunities outside of the regular coursework at DePauw.
Field experiences should complement the student’s curriculum, and must be approved in advance by the program's co-directors. Field experiences will last a minimum of 10 weeks and occur between the end of sophomore year and the beginning of senior year. Students will work with their program advisor to develop, arrange and approve the experience.
Junior Leadership Project
Much of the Environmental Fellows Program is driven by student interest and initiative. During their junior year, Fellows will work with their cohort to design and implement a series of environmental co-curricular activities focused around a theme that involves the campus community as a whole.