The undergraduate Sustainability Studies Minor is a multidisciplinary approach in which students gain an understanding of the theory and practice of sustainability.
This program looks to discover and examine humanity's philosophies and practices, past and present, as they relate to the natural and social world, and consider what new or alternative philosophies and practices might be capable of providing a sustainable, balanced, and ethical future for the planet and its inhabitants.
The minor helps students develop both broad understanding and practical skills and opportunities that will contribute to their marketability to potential employers, including private businesses that have greened their production methods, public agencies, think tanks, and non-profit organizations.
These understandings and skills include:
- The addition of the important sustainability knowledge base to their present baccalaureate degree.
- The ability to identify unsustainable practices and to offer the latest science and technological solutions to reduce the impact of these practices.
- The potential to affect contemporary policy implementation at the local, regional, national, and global levels.
- A deeper understanding of the local and global challenges to sustainability from economic, environmental and social perspectives.
Study On Campus or Online
There are several ways to complete Sustainability Studies courses at UMass Dartmouth
On campus students may complete the minor by taking courses both in the classroom and online through Professional and Continuing Education (PCE).
Declaring Your Minor
Students wishing to declare a Sustainability Minor must:
- Contact Sustainability Studies for advising
- Complete a Registrar Request for Minor form
- Have completed a minimum of 54 credits towards your degree