Wash U does not even offer a multidisciplinary Environmental Studies Major. They just announced an interdisciplinary Environmental Studies Minor.
Tufts introduced one of the first multidisciplinary Environmental Studies Majors in 1984. There is no comparison between the two programs. Not even close. Tufts’ program allows you to study the environment from the perspective of any standard major which can be integrated with one of five different Environmental Studies Tracks, each of which includes an internship. The program spans both the liberal arts and engineering. There is also a regular “lunch and learn” seminar series
Tufts Economics department does not have a Phd program, but it still ranks around the top 50-60 institutions worldwide for both Environmental Economics and Energy Economics research. (Around the top ten for US university economics departments). Wash U is not ranked in the top 250 despite having a Phd program…
Tufts interdisciplinary IR program is one of the top few programs in the country and it includes a track on Global Health Nutrition and the Environment - much broader in scope than either anthropology or archaeology. The Fletcher School sponsors the largest student run energy conference in the Northeast.
Tufts Geology department does not have a Phd program, but that did not prevent President Obama from citing its research in his 2015 state of the union address. Somehow he missed all the research of Wash U’s “more robust” department (which graduated as many Phd’s as undergrads last year).
The head of the EPA (under Obama) was a Tufts environmental alum and several other alums are in senior positions.
Other Environmental majors at Tufts include:
Urban and Environmental Policy and Planning
Tufts actually launched the sustainability movement in higher education in 1990 with the Talloires Declaration. 499 college presidents across the world have now signed. Tufts has a summer environmental program where you can take a field course in botany at their Talloires Campus in the French Alps. (Much more beautiful than the Missouri Botanical Garden.)
Tufts has an environmental institute that sponsors environmental programs and education both inside and outside the university, as well as a second institute (co-directed by one of the lead authors of the IPCC report that won the Nobel Peace Prize) to connect environmental research and curricular development. The Stockholm Environmental Institute is a global research affiliate with an office on Tufts’ campus.
Tufts was a pioneer in the area of “one health” - the linking of the health of humans, animals and the environment. It has a separate institute to integrate this concept across all levels of the university. It has a vet school with a wildlife center that cares for wild animals, zoo animals and farm animals across all of New England as well as a Conservation Medicine program. (Much more effective than visiting the zoo.)
As far as Media Studies goes, Tufts has a strong program. A Tufts alum has been elected to the Forbes 30 under 30 list (media category) each of the last three years. Malia Obama is majoring in media and Tufts was one of the ten schools she visited (Wash U was not on the list). She ended up at Harvard. My daughter minored in Media Studies and landed a job in advertising/digital marketing in NYC