Online Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability at ASU

Arizona State University

Year Founded: Jan. 1, 2006
Date Posted: June 21, 2016
Submitted by: Tim Hand
Sustainability Topic: Curriculum
Content Type: Academic Programs
Office or Department: Sustainability Office
Program Type: Baccalaureate degree
Completion: 4 years
Distance: Distance Education
Commitment: Both


The program explores the social and human aspects of sustainability in the context of real-world issues. Students will look at ways to solve challenges of sustainability related to the environment, economy and society and gain skills through experiential learning, research, community engagement, study abroad and leadership development. Disciplinary perspectives included in the core courses of the degree tracks include anthropology, urban planning and design, environmental economics, ethics, geography, philosophy of science, political science, sociology and other disciplines relevant to the sustainability of environmental resources and social institutions. Students in the BA select from one of the four following tracks:

  • international development and sustainability
  • policy and governance in sustainable systems
  • society and sustainability
  • sustainable urban dynamics

Graduates will not only gain an understanding of a growing and increasingly critical field but you will develop strong problem-solving, systems-thinking, stakeholder engagement and future scenario-building skills, and be prepared for the changing world. With the growing interest in sustainability within government and business sectors, students be prepared for a range of career options, including consultancy, intergovernmental organizations, international development, management, policy-making and utilities.

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