Cultural, Environmental and Global Studies

The Department of Cultural, Environmental and Global Studies prepares students to solve complex problems in a rapidly-evolving world. Our programs emphasize the development of a sense of global responsibility and an understanding of the causes of social injustice.

Through field research, study abroad, internships and other opportunities, our students learn how the world is shaped by economic, political, social and environmental processes. Students are then able to apply this knowledge within their communities and careers in ways that reflect the mission of the Sisters of Mercy.

Programs

Environmental Studies

Our environmental studies program grows from our stated mission to act as stewards of the earth. It is the unique outcome of the talents of our faculty; our distinctive surroundings; our geographic proximity to freshwater and saltwater bodies, forests and farmland; and collaborations with local and regional groups such as the Environmental Protection Agency, the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management and the Aquidneck Land Trust.

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Global Studies

We offer students a unique academic program tailored to their creative and career interests. Through field research, study abroad, internships and other opportunities, students explore the economic, political, social and environmental processes that shape our world, preparing them to solve complex problems in a rapidly evolving global society.

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Sociology and Anthropology

Our sociology and anthropology program provides students with a robust platform for employment, civic engagement and graduate studies. Courses in each of the disciplines of sociology and anthropology use a global, comparative and multidisciplinary approach to the study of human social organization and cultural practices.

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Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies

Social injustices are as old as society itself. Discrimination and violence based on race, ethnicity, gender and sexuality have mobilized a new generation of activists. Our women, gender and sexuality studies program aims to empower students with the tools necessary to interrogate power hierarchies, combat social inequities and fight for the dignity of individuals.

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