The Classroom and Beyond
Are you ready to pursue your passions and design your own path? Academics at Sterling College let you craft a unique, personalized education in environmental stewardship. In small classes—usually under 11 students—you’ll explore the critical issues of our day: humanity’s relationship with the natural world and each other, and the stewardship of our air, water, soil, food, and climate. You’ll have classes on campus in a laboratory or seminar room, on the side of a mountain, or in a barn or pasture.
Rigorous, Experiential & Place-based Academics
You’ll also work one-on-one with our academic and practitioner faculty to delve deeper into issues of environmentalism, education and sustainability. In independent studies and research projects , you’ll design learning objectives and explore issues in a hands-on, experiential way.
Faculty are drawn to the College to do more than just lecture—they are mentors and guides, constantly engaging with students in the classroom, in the field, and in the community.
What does a healthy ecosystem look like? What are the habitat requirements for migrating songbirds that breed in the North Woods? How does geology affect forest composition and forest management?…read more
What is Environmental Humanities? Taking an ecological perspective on the humanities means that students look at a broad view of the ways humans engage with nature—from regional and global literary…read more
Expand Your Relationship with Nature As an Outdoor Education major at Sterling College, you will become comfortable learning and teaching in the outdoors at all times of year, on foot,…read more
Cultivate your best self. What if you looked at farms, large or small, as part of the larger surrounding ecosystem, where everything served a purpose? What if concern for biodiversity…read more
Prepare to nourish yourself and your community. Food is as influential as it is essential, affecting everything from our personal health to the global climate. Whether it’s the hegemony of…read more
Climate Justice Minor What is Climate Justice? Should privileged countries and communities bear more responsibility for greenhouse gas emissions? What are the systems and interests perpetuating the carbon dioxide emissions?…read more
Draft Horse Management Minor Sterling College is one of the rare places where you can get hands-on draft horse experience, working daily with these heavy horses. As a Draft Horse…read more
Natural History Minor How can we recognize the plants, animals, fungi, and other organisms with which we share the world? What are their lives like? How do species and whole…read more
Natural Resources Conservation Minor Sterling College students pursuing a minor in Natural Resources Conservation examine local and global conservation issues, including natural resources sustainability and biodiversity protection. Courses provide students…read more