This program provides a select group of Gettysburg students (limited to 10 students) with a unique opportunity to gain a greater understanding of marine policy issues and to develop their social science research skills. These objectives are achieved through guided discussion sessions, readings, and the completion of an original research project, as well as real world experiences that will provide students with opportunities to understand coastal problems and solutions. Students are provided meaningful opportunities to interact with environmental policy leaders and to learn from leading scholars in the field.
Each student will propose an environmental policy research project at the end of the fall semester and will conduct their original research projects during the spring fieldtrip to the Caribbean.
A view of the Caribbean Sea.
The program concludes with student presentations during the 7th Annual Environmental Student Symposium.
Please note that the program is taught from a social science perspective and is not intended for students who desire to conduct natural science research.
The Environmental Leadership Program is open to all students who have an interest in marine related policy issues, regardless of their major or previous course work. Due to the nature of the spring field experience, participants are required to hold a passport. Hiking and swimming are elements of the program. The program is for full 2016-2017 academic year and participation is required at all sessions.
Please note that the program is limited to 10 students and selection is done on a rolling basis. Students who are interested in the program should apply as soon as possible, but only if they are able to attend all components of the program (see tentative program schedule).
Knowledge Based Objectives -
After completing this program, participants will know:
Skill-Based Learning Objectives -
After completing this program, participants will be able to do the following:
Values-Based Learning Objectives -
After completing this program, participants will have a greater understanding of:
Howard Ernst is a full Professor of Political Science at the United States Naval Academy (where he teaches popular energy courses and environmental policy courses). He is also a Senior Scholar at University of Virginia’s Center for Politics and the Seiden-Levi Fellow of Public Policy at Gettysburg College’s Eisenhower Institute. Professor Ernst is the author of six books and is best known for his work in the area of environmental politics. His publications in this area have been adopted by environmental policy courses throughout the country and highlighted by numerous media outlets: including the Washington Post, National Public Radio and PBS Frontline. Professor Ernst will lead the program by delivering relevant lectures, guiding student discussions, organizing and attending field experiences, and facilitating the student research symposium. Professor Ernst will also be teaching Gettysburg College’s Public Policy Capstone course in the Spring of 2017.
The program is divided into three complementary parts: A) structured discussions that provide students with the conceptual grounding necessary to understand the annual theme; B) field experiences that enable students to research the annual theme; and C) a student run symposium in which seminar participants present the key lessons from their research.