Sustainability

Program Description

The Sustainability Program offers an interdisciplinary, theoretical and practical approach for students to enter into the academic and/or professional fields related to Sustainability. Students gain skills to critically analyze current global affairs in order to offer alternative solutions to create sustainable societies. The Sustainability program allows students to gain professional experience with an organization through participation in the required one-unit capstone course in field experience.

Program Goals

Upon completion of the Sustainability program, students are able to:

  • Analyze, discuss and evaluate issues related to sustainability on all levels
  • Apply theory in academic disciplines such as sociology, philosophy, economics,and environmental science to the field of sustainability
  • Critically think about their role in the world and their possible contributions to a sustainable global society
  • Understand the role of ethics in sustainability. 

Program Emphasis

The three main pillars of the Sustainability program are environmental issues, economics, and social and ethical issues. The program explores issues related to these three pillars on an inter/intra personal, communal, and global level. An emphasis is placed upon 1) the interdisciplinary nature of addressing issues related to sustainability, 2) active participation and involvement in the field experience component of the required capstone course, and 3) affective and analytical responses to concepts related to the three pillars.

Career Options

Most career options directly related to Sustainability require a four-year degree. The Certificate may allow you to work in industry, consultancy, regulatory agencies, utilities, academia, local, state, or federal government, non-profits, or for a non-governmental organization depending on your interest and your desired academic and professional path. Some examples include: Sustainability Coordinator, Corporate Social Responsibility Officer, Project Coordinator / Manager, Environmental Planner, Policy Advocate, Community Organizer, Green Technology Consultant, Green Building Consultant, Environmental Engineer, Sustainability Advocacy Director, Environmental Economist, Green Restaurant Owner, Natural Resource Manager, Restoration Ecologist, Sustainable Development Specialist, Educator

Student Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the Sustainability Program the student will:

  • Describe the interdisciplinary nature of key sustainability issues.
  • Generate affective and analytical responses to barriers interfering with the achievement of sustainability.
  • Actively engage and participate in the field of experience component.