Please visit the Environmental Thought & Practice major page for more information about this major/concentration at the University of Virginia

Field of Study: The interdisciplinary approach to environmental issues with respect to natural sciences, politics, economics, ethics, and urban planning.

Post-Graduate Occupations of past Environmental Thought & Practice Majors 

  • Policymakers
  • Consultants
  • Peace Corps Members
  • Attorneys
  • Researchers
  • Urban Planners

Professional Associations

Build Your Resume

Don't forget to pursue opportunities outside of your schoolwork. Your major is one of many lenses you might use to look at possible careers.  Explore UVA Career Center resources on internships, externships, part-time jobs, and extracurricular activities. Actively participating in these experiences can help clarify current goals and future interests, while building skills that employers want. Below are some ideas on how you can enhance your resume:

  • Consider graduate school for greater specialization and more opportunities in the field.
    • Maintain a high GPA, particularly in the sciences, and secure strong recommendations from faculty.
  • Gain experience through relevant internships or volunteer positions.
    • Develop strong research and laboratory skills by assisting faculty on research projects and/or taking courses with laboratory components.
  • Get involved in environmental student and professional associations. Show engagement by taking on leadership positions.
    • Become engaged in the community by joining local environmental organizations or urban planning boards.
  • Stay up-to-date on current industry trends and environmental legislation.