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Sustainability Studies B.A.

A Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability Studies prepares you to solve complex sustainability challenges at the local, regional, national, and global levels.  You will sharpen your analytical and critical thinking skills through research and hands-on experiences.

Studying sustainability helps you understand the complexity of human-environment relations by examining concepts and practices from the geosciences, environmental studies, and social and human geography.  It teaches you necessary context and skills to address those social and environmental issues. 

As a Sustainability Studies major you will stand out to employers because of your specialization in geospatial analysis, mapping, development practice, community engagement, and your abilities to think critically, communicate effectively, and engage in original research. 

The versatility, competency and skills acquired by earning a sustainability studies degree, provide you with the foundation to be successful, no matter what your long-term career goals may be.

You will learn to:

  • Understand Earth systems and society relations and their relevance to address sustainability challenges.
  • Describe the cultural diversity and complexity of human-environment relationships.
  • Analyze the spatial dimensions and impacts of political and economic activities.
  • Compare different approaches to social and environmental justice.
  • Evaluate the local, regional, national, and global contributions to sustainability by key agents and institutions.
  • Collect, analyze, evaluate, and visualize data to enable evidence-based decision-making for sustainable futures.
  • Communicate clearly and effectively in written, oral, graphical, and cartographic form about social, environmental, and sustainability issues to audiences of diverse backgrounds.

You will also be well prepared for admission to graduate and professional schools.

Academic Catalog Plan of Study