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Study abroad in New ZealandThe New Zeland mini-term offers students the opportunity to explore environmental management and energy development on a scenic, Oceanian island country.
Ben Rubin '13 with solar buildings atop the Wold buildingBen Rubin '13 with solar buildings atop the Wold building

Energy Studies

The Union College energy studies minor is designed for students in any major who are interested in energy-related issues.

You will gain an understanding of the technical, economic, sociological and policy issues surrounding how we source, harness and use energy. More than two dozen courses cover such topics as:

  • environmental anthropology
  • environmental ethics
  • environmental history and literature
  • global perspectives on energy
  • renewable energy
  • solar energy analysis and design

Students are encouraged to participate in the New Zealand mini-term abroad over the winter break. Traveling through this island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean, you will tour power generation sites and meet with public officials, environmental regulators, farmers, foresters, engineers, plant operators and representatives of the Maori people.