Human ecology major prepares students for future

human ecology

As human ecology majors, students find that career choices are extensive upon graduation. This new GWC major, which is offered for the first time this fall, focuses on the ways individuals interact with society and their environments. The major combines numerous areas of study including psychology, sociology, anthropology, geography and ecology. A holistic approach provides undergraduates with a broad picture of the relationships between people and social, cultural and environmental change. Graduates become strategic problem solvers with leadership skills in multiple contexts.

“World and regional issues are interconnected and students will have interdisciplinary classes to help support and develop sustainable solutions,” said Assistant Professor of Environmental and General Science Richard Boniak.

With courses ranging from contemporary world literature and race, ethnicity and power to grant writing and fundraising, the human ecology program prepares students to be effective professionals in the changing needs of individuals, communities and consumers. Undergraduates will demonstrate critical thinking skills and acknowledge world views and cultures. They will also have the ability to work in diverse teams and critique research problems related to the major.

“What makes human ecology different than many majors is that it's very interdisciplinary. The small environment at GWC and the close knit faculty members have really collaborated in putting together a program that pulls from different majors and fields,” said Assistant Professor of English Meredith Harvey. “While we all share a similar vision, we also all brought different expertise and perspectives to the table.”

So what does this mean after graduation? Alumni may enter career fields such as business, public policy, family studies, health, management and law. Graduates are also well-prepared to pursue master programs in social work, psychology and business administration in the non-profit leadership or human resource areas.

“The skill and ability to look at issues from different perspectives will be encouraged in the classrooms, and will hopefully transfer to problem solving beyond college as students pursue their careers,” said Harvey.
Find out more information on the Human Ecology program by contacting us at 262-245-8564 or