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Sustainability Studies, B.A.

Solve complex global challenges. Think critically. Help promote cultures of resilience and long-term health while working to advance sustainable development in Appalachia and beyond.

In the Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability Studies degree program, you'll take courses that combine geoscience, environmental, social and humanities research methods that involve geospatial analysis, mapping, development practice and community engagement.

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Program Overview

Program Delivery: On-campus

Sustainability Studies prepares you to solve global challenges using critical systems thinking and a vision of peace, human rights, promoting cultures of resilience and sustainability and advancing sustainable development in Appalachia and globally.

Career pathways include:

  • Local, Regional and International Development
  • Disaster/Humanitarian Relief Assessment and Advocacy
  • Social Studies Education
  • Urban/Regional Planning
  • Environmental, Energy, Labor or International Law
  • Journalism
  • Social Entrepreneurship
  • Public Administration
  • Business Administration
  • Public Health
  • International Diplomacy
  • Professional/Academic Geography

Areas of Emphasis

  • Environmental Studies

    To prepare for a career that deals with environmental impacts, assessment, geohazards and climate change.

  • GIS Methods

    To prepare for a career using up-to-date mapping technologies and locate resources.

  • Sustainable Development

    To prepare for a career in planning and development that deals with climate change, nature and biodiversity loss, and pollution which also maintains resources for future generations.


Center for Resilient Communities group of students pose for a picture in Brooks Hall. Each student wears a black shirt with a brightly colored illustration of sustainability principles.
  • On-site WVGIS Technical Center with competitive paid internships.
  • Partnerships with Halliburton and ArcGIS – ESRI.
  • Access to the Undergraduate Resource Room, a study lounge with resources just for our majors.
  • You'll work with one adviser throughout your undergraduate studies.
  • Weekly updates with job postings, internships, on-campus resources and departmental events.
  • Conduct research and participate in meaningful activities with a focus on sustainability in our faculty labs.
  • Opportunities to present at conferences.
  • Four computer labs with ArcGIS, plus the web version of ArcGIS is on all WVU Library computers.
  • Earn academic credit through Eberly internship courses.
  • 500+ scholarships awarded annually by the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences.
  • Academic Enrichment Program offers funding for activities that complement, extend and enhance your academic experience.

Living Learning Communities

Find a community where you can live with others who share your interests. You will have opportunities to connect with faculty, staff and professionals in areas aligned with your LLC's emphasis. Learn more about WVU Living Learning Communities.

Student Organizations

To explore more organizations, visit WVUEngage where you can browse and manage organizations, find events, and showcase your involvement.

Internships and Assistantships

Research and Opportunities

Opportunities for research and further study are available in:

  • International Development
  • Economic Development
  • Social Justice
  • Food Justice
  • Environmental Justice
  • Sustainable Development

Additional academic experiences include:

Explore Career Paths

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. 

  1. Career Options

    Many graduates pursue careers or graduate study in:

    • Environmental Consulting
    • Land Reclamation
    • Environmental Impact Studies
    • Policy Analysis
    • Department of Environmental Protection
    • Division of Natural Resources
    • National and State Parks
    • Mapping/GIS
    • Leidos
    • US Government
    • Local Government
    • US Army Corps of Engineers
  2. Who's Hiring Our Grads

    • Leidos
    • Range Resources
    • US Park Service
    • US Government
    • State and Local Governments
    • NGOs
    • Non-Profit Organizations
    • Environmental Consulting Firms
    • USGS