Academics at Prescott College

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Concentration:
Social Ecology

Concentration:
Social Ecology

Social Ecology focuses on the ways in which institutional and societal structures manifest and perpetuate social injustice and environmental impacts. Prescott College can work with faculty from our partner Institute for Social Ecology and participate in the Institute's activities as a part of their Master's degree. You will join our students who construct critical theses that incorporate key concepts from the fields of philosophy, science, politics, and social ecology on diverse topics such as food production, alternative technologies, and urban design. Our students’ catalyzed movements challenge global injustices and a variety of unsustainable technologies by offering participatory, community-based alternatives. Prescott College students, in collaboration with the Institute, strive to be agents of social transformation, demonstrating the skills, ideas, and relationships that nurture vibrant, self-governed, healthy communities.

Life & Career Outcomes

Life & Career Outcomes
  • Ecologist
  • Graduate School
  • Labor and Community Organizer
  • Non-Profit Manager
  • Social Justice Activist

Academic Resources

Academic Resources

Kino Bay Center for Cultural and Ecological Studies

Environmental Studies Students Watching Dolphins in Kino Bay

The Kino Bay Center is Prescott College’s field station on the shores of the Gulf of California in Sonora, Mexico. Each year the Kino Bay Center hosts over 450 researchers, students, resident fellows and community visitors from dozens of institutions and community groups from Mexico, the United States and other parts of the world.


The Kino Bay Center facilitates, supports and integrates collaborative efforts promoting sustainable use and conservation of resources in the culturally and biologically rich Midriff Island Region of the Gulf of California. The mission of the Kino Bay Center is to protect priority species and habitats through the integrated application of science, education, information exchange, and community participation. The Center provides high quality opportunities for experiential and field-based education to contribute to research and conservation in the region and to build capacity within local communities for participation in conservation and sustainable development. The Center promotes and models collaborations between people from different cultures and institutions to co-create solutions to complex conservation challenges. 

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Natural History Institute

Natural History Institute Mural

The Natural History Institute at Prescott College is dedicated to the multi-disciplinary study of natural history. All students, visitors, and area residents are invited to utilize the Institute as a place to collaborate on projects, share information, pursue research questions and ecological curiosities, and become inspired to better know the world around them.

Resources offered to students and community patrons of the Natural History Institute include:

• Exhibits on art, science, and culture, including the Josephine Michell Arader Natural History Print Collection of historically significant natural history art
• Guest lectures
• Research support
• Outdoor programming
• Archives of field notes and slides from the binational Southwest
• Digital and physical collections of plant, insect, bird and rock specimens of the Mogollon Highlands and adjacent ecoregions

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River Studies and Leadership Certificate

The River Studies and Leadership Certificate is designed to offer undergraduate students—who have become inspired to join the next generation of river professionals—a foundation of knowledge, skills, and experience in river-based science, policy, conservation, education, and recreation.  Undergraduate students are awarded this certificate by the River Management Society after they have successfully completed a cogent package of river-focused coursework and a river-related professional project.

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Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees