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Sustainability Studies

Make a difference. Integrate coursework across several disciplines to find solutions to today's environmental challenges by addressing the multiple and complex sustainability needs of our society.

In this program, you will:

  • Analyze the cultural roots of perceptions about nature and how such social institutions shape human interactions with the natural world
  • Examine the role of organizations in building sustainable operations, strategies and practices
  • Investigate how individual and society's technological choices are interrelated with societal change, human population growth and human impacts on the environment
  • Design and meet your own specific educational goals
  • Engage in relevant actions in support of sustainability locally or globally
  • Develop an integrated, interdisciplinary perspective of sustainability

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS
Minimum of 180 total quarter credits
Minimum of 60 upper-division credits
Minimum of 45 credits from Marylhurst
60 credits required for major

Core Courses - 6 credits

Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies
Methods of Interdisciplinary Study

Required Concentration Courses - 27 credits


Worldview
Nature, Culture & Technology
Introduction to Ecopsychology
Choose one of the following:
Spirit & Nature: Environmental Concerns
Environmental Writing
Environment, Culture, Food

Organizations and Leadership
Communicating Change: Advocacy with Multiple Stakeholders
Principles of Organizational Sustainability
Choose one of the following:
Business Economics
Entrepreneurial Management
Intercultural Communication
Negotiation
Listening to the World: Developing Environmental & Intercultural Literacy
Sustainability seminars, such as Management Professional Development Seminars or Interior Design Sustainability Workshops

Environmental Science
Introduction to Sustainability: Being Green in a Brown World
Environmental Ethics
Choose one from the following:
Principles of Environmental Science
Population & Global Resources
Sustainable Development: A Global Approach
A Survey of Environmental Education
Global Environmental Concerns
Introduction to Environmental Mediation

Note: Appropriate transfer, independent study, practicum, or other coursework may be substituted for any of the required concentration courses with the approval of the department chair.

Complementary Coursework - min. of 21 credits

Student-designed program of study that complements required concentration courses with focused application of your choice. Designed with department adviser to support your sustainability studies mission statement and chosen learning outcomes written in Introduction to Interdisciplinary Studies.

Senior Project - 6 credits

Senior Project Proposal
Interdisciplinary Studies Internship or Compassion in Action: Service Learning Seminar
Senior Paper Seminar I
Interdisciplinary Studies Portfolio

Please see current Marylhurst University Catalog for complete information.

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