Interest in the environment has surged dramatically over the past decade. From popular media outlets to high-level governmental planning agencies, environmental issues, such as the implications of climate change and related water scarcity, the introduction of genetically modified organisms into food chains, instabilities in the global energy market, and the deteriorating infrastructure of the urban built environment, have become pervasive topics of concern. There is also a clear realization that relationships between humans and their environments have grown increasingly complex. Instead of relying on simple technological solutions, policy makers, business and religious leaders, citizen groups, and students alike have stressed the need to address underlying social, economic, cultural, and political dimensions of environmental change in a more integrated fashion. The Major in Environmental Studies, which entails collaboration between seventeen departments across SAS (Anthropology, Art History: Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies, Biological Sciences, Chemistry –via Interdisciplinary Studies, Comparative Literature, Earth and Planetary Sciences, Economics, English, Geography, German, History, Latino and Caribbean Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, and Women's and Gender Studies), ensures that students similarly consider environmental issues in terms of their interdisciplinary origins and implications.