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2023-2024 General Catalog [Current] 
2023-2024 General Catalog [Current]

Sustainability Studies (Minor)

Program Summary

The purpose of the Sustainability Studies Minor is to introduce students to concepts and practices of sustainability as they apply to our contemporary society. “Sustainability” refers to the ability of current populations to meet their needs, while not compromising the ability of future generations to also meet their needs. Through an interdisciplinary approach, students will be able to balance environmental, social, and economic priorities in addressing real-world problems. Students will choose courses from the Humanities and Social Sciences, Natural and Physical Sciences, and Public Engagement in order to have a well-rounded appreciation of issues in sustainability and the application of sustainability concepts and practices. The principles of sustainability can be used to balance growth and development with justice and environmental stewardship as we address important societal challenges. The Sustainability Studies minor provides opportunities to become engaged citizens and scholars working on local, regional, and global scales.

Through completion of the Sustainability Studies Minor, students will gain:

  • Knowledge of the concepts and principles of sustainability,
  • Knowledge of the role of biodiversity and ecosystems in the natural world,
  • An appreciation of the social and cultural dynamics that influence human behavior and decision-making,
  • An ability to analyze and solve problems from different perspectives,
  • An appreciation of cross-cultural and historical perspectives on sustainability,
  • An understanding of how individual actions and national policies impact the natural world, and
  • Engagement with the complex ethical and leadership processes necessary for reaching sustainability priorities.

Program Information

  • All courses must be passed with a “C-” (1.7) or better to be counted in the minor.
  • Students must take a minimum of one (1) upper-division course (3000-4999) in each of the three tracks.
  • Courses with prerequisites are indicated by an asterisk (*). These courses may have additional prerequisites not listed in the minor. Consult your Student Success Advisor for more information and schedule planning.
  • Other courses may be substituted; students should meet with the Chair of the Department of History, Sociology, and Anthropology  to seek approval for a substitute course.

Sustainability Studies Minor Curriculum (21-23 Credits)

Core Requirements (3 Credits)

Humanities & Social Sciences Area (6 Credits)

Select two of the following:

Public Engagement Area (6 Credits)

Select two of the following (lecture/lab pair counts as one):

Total Credits, Minor: 21-23