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Sustainability Studies


Students in this minor will explore innovative solutions to the local and worldwide degradation of nature and associated social injustices, including the technological, social, and ethics-based approaches intended to promote more harmonious and sustainable dynamics between humans and nature. Students address the essential question of sustainability: How can we best live without degrading our life-support systems, and create conditions that nurture the flourishing of other beings and future generations?

(Please note some courses have pre-requisites)

Minor Requirements

24 credits


  • ISENST 120 Principles of Sustainability

Choose one introductory environmental course:

  • IIENST 150 Global Environmental Change
  • IIENST 151 Environment of Central New England
  • ISENST 203 Globalization, Culture and Place
  • ISENST 205 Environmental Geography

Select two interdisciplinary electives:

  • ISECON 372 Ecological Economics
  • IIENST 110 Food, Health, and the Environment
  • IIENST 302 Apocalypse Science and Society
  • INENST 303 Life Sust. in Earth’s History
  • INENST 320 Earth's Climate: Past & Future
  • INENST 381 Farming with Nature in Mind
  • ISENST 382 Environmental Advocacy
  • INENST 383 Rethinking Energy
  • IIJRN 268 Environmental Issues and the Media
  • IIPSYC 172 Intro to Restorative Practice

Disciplinary electives

Select two of the following:

  • ARCH 260 Sustainable Design and Building Science
  • ARCH 360 Solar Design and Building Science II
  • ARCH 370 Architectural Systems
  • ENST 308 Sustainability & Justice Planning
  • ENST 311 Environmental Health
  • ENST 344 Community Solutions to Climate Change
  • ENST 353 Restoration Ecology
  • ENST 371 Environmental Ethics
  • ENST 393 Sustainability for Organizations
  • HGS 261 The United States and Genocide
  • HGS 370 Indigenous Genocides
  • HIST 360 Natives and Newcomers in North America
  • MGT 215 Accounting for Sustainable Business
  • SPDI 304 Materials: A Life Cycle View

Only two courses that are being used to meet a student’s major requirements can be used toward the minor.