In addition to fulfilling all the basic requirements for a minor (see Minor Fields of Study), students declaring a minor in sustainability complete the following four requirements:

(1) A “synthesis course” selected from a series of courses that focus on principles of sustainability (AFS/BCH/MIC/NRS/PLS 190; BIO 262; COM 315; GEO 100; HPR 411; MAF 100, 220, 330, 465; NRS 100; OCG 110, 123; 3 credits).

(2) An internship that includes hands-on sustainability experience on campus or in the community. Course can include research, service learning, and/or leadership. Minimum of 3 credits. Course can be repeated for up to 6 credits. Students may elect to take an internship offered from within a given major. Some majors have generic internship courses in which students may seek approval for from 3-6 credits (e.g. COM 471/472; ITR 301/302; NRS 487); others would need to use the Center for Career and Experiential Education to arrange for an appropriate internship of from 3-12 credits, only 3 of which would be required for the minor. (For more information, see Use of the internship activity to fulfill requirements of the minor requires approval by the sustainability minor coordinator(s).

(3) Elective courses selected from the following approved lists, with at least one course from each of the three core areas (9 credits): ECONOMICS: EEC 105, 205, 310, 345, 440, 441; ECN 201, 202. SOCIAL EQUITY/JUSTICE: APG 203; COM 410, 415, 462; HPR 319; NFS 207; SOC 242, 318, 350, 413, 438, 452, SOC/AAF 240, 336, 428. ENVIRONMENT: AFS 102, 120; BIO 101/103, 467; CHM 100; GEO 103; LAR 444, 445; NFS 276; NRS 223, 300, 361, 401/501, 411/511, 414/514, 445/545; OCG 131; PLS 306, 311, 324; TMD 226.

(4) A capstone course requiring submission of a brief proposal describing the intended work and how it relates to sustainability, the associated course, and the faculty sponsor. The faculty member may well be simply signing off on a course that s/he teaches as part of a regular workload (COM 455/HPR319; MAF 472, 475; NRS 496; NRS/MAF 527; OCG 480/580; PSC 403), or may be agreeing to sponsor the student’s work in a special studies arrangement, which could be an add-on to the internship or could stand alone. The sustainability minor coordinator(s) must approve the proposed capstone course.

The Sustainability Minor Committee is consulted on the appropriateness of capstone courses, internships, and the addition of any new courses to the minor. For more information, contact Professor Norbert Mundorf, 401.874.4725 or