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Urban and Environmental Studies

Urban and Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary department focused on critically examining two of the most dynamic issues of the 21st Century: the rapid urbanization of the global population and the dramatic increase in the complexity of human interactions with the natural environment. The department’s concentration in urban studies allows students and faculty to engage in the systemic study of cities and work to address the complex economic, political, and social problems of urbanization and urban life. Similarly, the concentration in environmental studies allows students and faculty to study complex environment-society relationships and gain a better understanding of some of the world’s most pressing ecological, political, economic, and social problems.

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Nā Kōlea student leader Cole Ichikawa ’24 makes a point to welcome incoming Hawaiian students by sharing his culture and values. He credits LMU’s small size and supportive student body with helping LMU’s Hawaii Club thrive.
Noah Kim
Noah Kim ’24 believes in the power of storytelling. A double major in screenwriting and environmental studies, Kim channels his craft to tell compelling stories about climate change – and inspire his audience to feel empowered to help reverse or mitigate its impacts.
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Urban Studies majors examine urbanization and its associated social, cultural, economic, and demographic processes.
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Environmental Studies gives students a broad foundation in the environment, preparing them to approach complex environmental questions and issues from multiple angles.