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    Humanity and Nature Studies

The world and our place In It.

Humanity and nature studies is a versatile major that allows you to customize your education experience and skills to move on to a large variety of careers across multiple fields. It mixes liberal arts studies with environmental courses to prepare you to tackle worldwide issues like climate change.

You’ll study a variety of cultural and natural issues and develop a sophisticated understanding of how humans continue to conceive, construct, and fulfill their relationships to the natural world. Combine this major with courses from the humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences to fully prepare you for graduate studies or a career in environmental law and environmental humanities, the Peace Corps, green teaching programs, government, advertising, public policy, community planning, nature therapy, or the non-profit sector.


“Without sounding hyperbolic, Northland has positively changed my life.” Liandra Skenandore ’19

Program Emphasis Options

  • Global Humanities Emphasis

    Prepare yourself to think about environmental humanities at the planetary level as you learn how issues of gender, poverty, and global regionalism intersect with nature and natural systems.

  • Social Science and Leadership

    Discover how humans impact the natural environment and learn how you can positively affect it in the future. You’ll study how human groups function and how to change human behavior toward the environment.

  • Natural History

    Discover how biological communities interact with human communities by studying science, biology and environmental stewardship. You will also heavily develop your writing and analytical skills, preparing you for a variety of careers.

Why Northland?

Experiential Learning

An education at Northland involves more than just sitting in lecture halls. We combine classroom learning with immersive field studies and opportunities within the community to create a one-of-a-kind learning experience. Our career-focused curriculum will provide you with the tools and confidence to succeed in anything you do.

Access to Financial Aid

Think all private colleges are expensive? Think again. With 99% of all Northland College students receiving some form of financial aid, you can receive a private school education at a public school price.

Proven Outcomes

A degree from Northland is your pathway to opportunity. Our 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio allows our professors to personally invest in your success, and the results of this approach speak for themselves. 93.5% of our recent graduates are employed or in graduate school.

Full-Spectrum Sustainability

At Northland, we live our sustainability mission every day. Going green is a part of everything we do as an institution and everything you’ll do as a student—from how you’ll live, to what you’ll learn, and ways you can contribute.

Live & Learn in a Natural World

Our location in Ashland, WI, a small, safe community of just over 8,000 tucked along the south shore of Lake Superior near the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore and over a million acres of national forest, creates truly unique educational and recreational experiences.

Work with the Best & Brightest

Our faculty are passionate about learning—and not just student learning. They are dedicated learners and scholars, and that shines through in the classroom and in the field. And they’re more than just teachers. They are mentors who often establish life-long relationships with students.

Ready to take the next step?

Get in touch to learn more and start planning your journey at Northland College.