The Department of Environmental Studies happens to be one of the youngest departments of Shivaji College. The Department was set up as a response to University of Delhi's direction for all colleges to initiate a one-semester compulsory course on Environmental Studies in every academic session. The University's direction made it mandatory for every student who took admission in the academic year 2014-15, in any constituent colleges of University of Delhi, to undertake one semester, compulsory course on environmental studies. With the introduction of the Choice Based Credit System (CBCS) in the University of Delhi since the academic year 2015-16, Environmental Studies is now a four credit, Ability Enhancement Compulsory Course (AECC). Every student needs to undertake one semester compulsory course on Environmental Studies either in the first or in the second semester of the first academic year.
The Department of Environmental Studies coordinates and teaches the AECC Course on Environmental Studies to all students who are enrolled in other departments of Shivaji College. Environmental Studies is a highly specialised interdisciplinary subject and imparting environmental education therefore requires academicians who are trained in the subject. The Department of Environmental Studies comprises faculty who possess such qualifications and are highly qualified in their respective areas of expertise.
The Department of Environmental Studies is well connected with eminent academicians, scholars, and researchers from various disciplines who have contributed significantly to the multidisciplinary field of Environmental Studies. The Department adopts classroom, field and project based approach for teaching environmental studies and for ensuring that students develop an overall understanding of the subject. Students are also offered internship opportunities with various environmental organisations which are facilitated by the Department. The Department also facilitates the participation of students in various environment related workshops, conferences and youth summits.