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Environmental studies is the academic field which systematically studies human interaction with the environment. It is a broad interdisciplinary field of study that includes the natural environment, built environment, and the sets of relationships between them. While distinct from ecology and environmental science, the discipline encompasses study in the basic principles of those two fields of learning as well as the associated subjects, such as: policy, politics, law, economics, sociology and other social aspects, planning, pollution control, natural resources, and the interactions of human beings and nature.[1]

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Middlebury College became the first institution of higher education in the United States to offer an Environmental Studies major, establishing the major in 1965.[2]

The Association for Environmental Studies and Sciences(AESS) was founded in 2008 as the first American professional association in the interdisciplinary field of environmental studies. An academic journal is scheduled to begin publication in 2011.[3]

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