Sustainability: Economics and Management (BSBA)
The Sustainability: Economics & Management BSBA will allow students to holistically investigate the complex sustainability challenges of our era, where the economy and the organizations associated with it are seen as a component of the ecosystem, not vice versa. Students will be encouraged to imagine and assist in creating new ways of thinking about sustainability in our economies and organizations. Sustainable businesses have been shown to have lower enterprise risk, better reputations, improved long-term viability and the ability to attract more talented employees. Graduates of the Sustainability: Economics & Management BSBA will be knowledgeable about the dependence of human societies on the rest of the natural world, the demographic, economic, social and environmental challenges we face and the opportunities they create. They will be thoughtfully proactive and have the practical skills to help meet the unprecedented challenges of our era, including the ability to quantify environmental and resource problems and opportunities where possible and appropriate. In addition, graduates will have the skills necessary to inform and mobilize public opinion, as well as government and organizational policies, to facilitate sustainable economies and organizations. The program capstone will be an Experiential Integrative Project, ideally linked to the summer practicums/internships, whereby students will work within an organization and help to design a new sustainability policy initiative; they will develop a project plan, assess the impact of current practices and policies compared to the new initiative, and create an implementation plan.