Date Posted: Feb. 25, 2016
Submitted by: Monika Urbanski
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Minor
Distance: Distance Education
Commitment: Both


The undergraduate Sustainability Studies Minor is a multidisciplinary approach in which students gain an understanding of the theory and practice of sustainability. This program looks to discover and examine humanity's philosophies and practices, past and present, as they relate to the natural and social world, and consider what new or alternative philosophies and practices might be capable of providing a sustainable, balanced, and ethical future for the planet and its inhabitants. The minor (coursework here) helps students develop both broad understanding and practical skills and opportunities that will contribute to their marketability to potential employers, including private businesses that have greened their production methods, public agencies, think tanks, and non-profit organizations. These understandings and skills include:The addition of the important sustainability knowledge base to their present baccalaureate degree. The ability to identify unsustainable practices and to offer the latest science and technological solutions to reduce the impact of these practices. The potential to affect contemporary policy implementation at the local, regional, national, and global levels. A deeper understanding of the local and global challenges to sustainability from economic, environmental and social perspectives.

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