March 15, 2021
For the past two decades, the Environmental Studies major has required an application. During this time, EVST was one of only six other majors among nearly 80 with this requirement. I’m writing to share the news that EVST will no longer require an application to the major.
We made this decision for several reasons. First, we found that the application process discouraged some students from choosing EVST. Second, we believe that every Yale College student should have the opportunity to understand environmental science and its relevance to solving some of the world’s most most pressing environmental and sustainability issues of our time. Third, this decision is consistent with our fundamental belief that principles of equity, diversity and inclusion should always be reflected in our governance.
As enrollment increases, we will work hard to maintain the strong sense of community that has long been a hallmark of EVST. The Senior Colloquium will continue as a set of small seminars designed to support development of our seniors’ research and writing projects. Funding to support the development of senior essays, field courses and field trips will also continue, regardless of size.
Please share this news with your friends, and I hope you will encourage them to join our wonderful community of passionate and highly motivated students who will become accomplished environmental leaders for the coming decades.
John Wargo, Chair