Unity College was the first college in the nation to divest from fossil fuels.
The B.S. in Environmental Policy, Law, and Society at Unity College offers an extraordinary mix of environmental science and social science learning—providing students with exceptional pre-law training and the knowledge to speak articulately and intelligently about environmental issues.
B.S. in Environmental Policy, Law, and Society
Environmental policy, law, and society majors also benefit from working with our numerous community partners, including the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association (MOFGA), the Conservation Law Foundation, the Natural Resources Council of Maine, the Alliance for a Clean and Healthy Maine, and many more.
At Unity, you will learn to advocate for the environment and make real change in environmental policy. Are you ready to lead the way?
Lead the Way
As a student in our Environmental Policy, Law, and Society program, you’ll learn to sharpen your writing, reading, and critical analysis skills through classes, on-campus activities, and rigorous and exciting internships in Washington, D.C.
You’ll also join other politically active environmental policy, law, and society majors—who represent over half of our Student Government Association and who are among the most academically accomplished students on campus, habitually receiving the highest awards at graduation.
What You Will Study
In addition to liberal arts foundation courses from our Environmental Citizen Curriculum, as an environmental policy, law, and society major, you’ll have the opportunity to take classes in American democracy; advocacy, ethics, and the environment; environmental resource law; state and local government; natural resource law and policy; and more.
For a semester, you will also take part in an internship in Washington, D.C., with the U.S. government.
Careers in Environmental Policy, Law, and Society
Employment opportunities in environmental policy and law are expected to increase in the near future, with advocacy positions in the non-profit sector estimated to rise at 13%.
Graduates of our Environmental Policy, Law, and Society program go on to become environmental lawyers, policy makers, grant writers and directors in non-profit and government agencies, and successful professionals in various other roles.
If you’re looking to attend law school, Unity College has an agreement with Vermont Law School for students interested in pursuing their Juris Doctor (J.D.), Master of Environmental Law and Policy (M.E.L.P.), or Joint J.D./M.E.L.P.
Discover the many ways Unity College Career Services can help you reach your career goals.
Our Expert Faculty
Our accomplished faculty are dedicated to helping you drive real change through leading-edge knowledge and expertise.
Here are just a few of the ways students in our Environmental Policy, Law, and Society program have shaped their careers:
Jamie Nemecek was accepted to five law schools.
Alisa (Christopher) Ross '07 obtained a law degree at the University of Southern Maine and is working as an Assistant District Attorney.
Stephenie MacLagan '07 works as an environmental specialist for the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and completed her M.S. in Resource Economics and Policy at UMaine.