Sustainability Studies

One of the defining challenges of the twenty-first century is how to transform human societies to meet everyone's needs while preserving the natural environment upon which we rely.

The minor in sustainability studies provides students with an understanding of the complex, interconnected systems that affect ecological health, economic welfare, and social justice; the ability to recognize and analyze challenges to human and environmental health and well-being; and the skills to help transform local and global communities into sustainable ones. Our program emphasizes the integration of knowledge from a variety of disciplines, ranging from the sciences to the arts, and values experiential learning.

Learning Outcomes

Students who earn the minor in sustainability studies will be able to:

  • Explain and analyze the complex local and global systems that provide the foundation for environmental and human health and well-being.
  • Integrate knowledge of ecological, economic, and social systems in order to frame challenges to sustainability and produce potential solutions.
  • Communicate to explain and influence how individual and collective actions affect the environmental and social sustainability of interrelated systems.
  • Evaluate policies, practices, and belief systems for their environmental, economic, and social sustainability.
  • Apply principles of sustainability to transform their own lives, workplaces, and local and global communities.

The following apply to all minors:

  • A minor must be comprised of 18 credit hours taken at Webster University.
  • No course counted toward a major can also count toward a minor.
  • Students may have a major and a minor within the same department; they may not major and minor within the same area of emphasis.
  • Students must earn a grade of C- or better in any course they wish to apply toward a minor.

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