Allegheny College incorporates environmental principles and ethics into disciplines as diverse as art, geology, writing, political science, economics, history, philosophy, and communication arts. Students may focus on sustainability through established majors and minors or by self-designing a concentration of study. 

Academic Programs

Senior Comprehensive Project
Allegheny seniors must independently design and complete a comprehensive project. In many instances, this student work has challenged Allegheny to further sustainability efforts while also providing the research and recommendations to aid implementation. Examples include:

  • Feasibility studies for on-campus wind or solar energy
  • Integration of local foods into dining halls
  • Developing a greenhouse gas inventory

Experiential Learning
The Allegheny College Center for Experiential Learning (ACCEL) offers a wide variety of service learning opportunities as well as off campus study. Students may also pursue internships through College departments, CEED, and other avenues. Options range from studying the relationship between peace and environmental protection on an Israeli kibbutz to working with the City of Meadville to complete a municipal greenhouse gas inventory and action plan.

Life Paths
With an interdisciplinary foundation in the liberal arts and an emphasis on experiential learning, Allegheny prepares students for a multitude of life paths and careers. Allegheny graduates have found success in urban planning, land use and resource management, sustainable farming, watershed management, renewable energy, community gardens, conservation, macroeconomics and environmental law, journalism, education, regulation, research and art.