2022-2023 Academic Catalog (under review) 
    Jul 01, 2022  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog (under review)

Sustainability Studies, leading to a B.A. degree

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Program Director: Dr. Richard Niesenbaum, Professor of Biology and Sustainability Studies
Professors: Borick, Gambino, Gold, Hashim, Kelsey
Associate Professors: Carter, Chi, Doviak, Morgan, Ouellete
Assistant Professors: Chesterton, Ray-Chaudhuri
Senior Lecturer: Heiman
Lecturers: Tuerk, Vigneri

Sustainability is most commonly defined as meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.  The field of Sustainability Studies explores and critiques ways to do this within the context of maintaining environmental health while generating economic opportunity, equitable development and ensuring social justice and well-being.  The major and minor operate across disciplines with the goal of instilling understanding, appreciation, and thoughtful problem-solving skills with regard to the relationships and interactions of humans and the environment.  Focus areas include study of the environment in relation to human needs, wants and activity; social justice and social movements; economics development, and business; and policy and practice.  The program explores and integrates issues broadly related to sustainability, and how they impact and are addressed at local, national, and global levels; and specifically addresses the intersectional nature of environmental and social issues in relation to human difference, power relations, and equity.  Sustainability Studies provides the interdisciplinary foundation and the opportunity for integration among disciplines that are needed to understand many of the complex challenges facing our world, and equips students with the skills required to develop solutions to these problems and effect real change. An additional goal is to build a community of faculty and students with a diversity of perspectives and areas of expertise committed to seeking creative solutions for sustainability.

Major Requirements

Sustainability Studies majors are required to complete 12 course units as listed below.  These include three foundation courses in the academic disciplines (Environment, Sociology, and Economics) that serve as the theoretical basis of Sustainability Studies.  Students then take six more specialized courses - two courses in each of the three core areas (Human-Environment Connections, Social Justice and Social Movements; and Economics, Development and Business).  All courses in the Social Justice and Social Movements Area directly address the intersectional nature of social issues in relation to human difference, power relations, and equity - a key element of Sustainability Studies.  Students then have the opportunity to integrate perspectives among at least two of the core areas with two course units in the area of Policy and Practice that focus on sustainable problem-solving through policy, advocacy, or community-based work; and the CUE course SUS 405 Sustainable Solutions  that integrates perspectives from all three core areas.

Core Area Courses

Two courses with different prefixes in each of the core areas:

Human-Environment Connection

Choose two with different prefixes.

Integration Courses

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