Announcing the New Sustainability Studies Minor

| March 28, 2012

The Environmental Studies Committee is pleased to announce that, effective June 1, the group will become the Sustainability Studies Committee and a new sustainability studies minor will replace the environmental studies minor.

The new program description for the sustainability studies minor is available online.

Listed below are a few questions and answers about the upcoming changes.

Please contact Environmental Studies Committee co-chairs Karla Armbruster or Don Conway-Long with any other questions.

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What is sustainability studies?

The field of sustainability studies takes an interdisciplinary approach to what may be the defining challenge of the twenty-first century: how to transform human societies to meet everyone’s needs while preserving the natural environment upon which we all rely.

While environmental studies has always recognized the major role that social and economic factors play in environmental problems and solutions, sustainability studies brings a new emphasis to the complex interconnections between ecological health, economic welfare, and social justice. Sustainability studies understands that problems in one area cannot be solved without attention to the other two.

Sustainability studies is also profoundly future-oriented, always returning to the touchstone of how to move towards a world where both human and natural systems are not only healthy but also can be maintained that way indefinitely.

What are the requirements for the new sustainability studies minor?

Please see the description of the new minor.

Which courses will be available in Fall 2012?

Please see the list of fall sustainability studies courses in the course schedule.

Will the environmental studies minor still be available?

Students who have declared the environmental studies minor before June 1, 2012, will be able to complete it.

The new minor in sustainability studies will be available to Webster students in the 2012-13 academic year (beginning June 2012).

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