Skip Navigation
search: People Opens New Window | Departments Opens New Window | Penn State Opens New Window | Web Opens New Window
Penn State mark
Penn State mark
University Bulletin
Undergraduate Degree Programs

Intercollege Programs

Begin Date: Summer 2011
End Date: Fall 2015

Begin Date of Enrollment Hold: April 25, 2014

Sustainability Leadership

Intercollege Program (SUSLD)

Administered by a committee of faculty drawn from across the colleges and campuses of the University, and by a coordinator of the minor, the Intercollege Minor in Sustainability Leadership is appropriate for students who wish to build upon the domains of knowledge in their undergraduate curricula in order to advance social, economic, and environmental sustainability in their personal and professional lives. Specifically, the minor serves to encourage, recognize, and systematize the development of cross-disciplinary knowledge, skills, and attitudes that will provide students with a foundation for their growth into sustainability leaders in their respective fields.

Learning outcomes for the minor include: knowledge of environmental, economic, and social metrics of sustainability; the development of action skills, self-awareness, and self-confidence; and the cultivation of ethical values and personal responsibility.

Applicants to the minor must have declared a major field of study and present a proposed plan of study. The proposed plan of study must be approved by the student’s major faculty adviser and the coordinator of the minor. Students may apply toward the minor no more than nine credits from their major requirements. A grade of C or higher is required for all courses in the minor.


SUST 200(3) (Sem: 3-6)

Select 6-9 credits from a program list of sustainability-focused courses (or approved substitution) that concentrate on the environmental, economic, and social aspects of sustainability or examine an issue or topics using sustainability as a lens. (Sem 3-8)
Select 0-3 credits from a program list of sustainability-related courses (or approved substitution) that provide distinct modules on sustainability or concentrate on a single sustainability principle. (Sem 3-8)
Select 3 credits from a program list of courses (or approved substitution) that provide an immersive sustainability experience through opportunities to engage, witness and learn in depth about sustainability challenges and solutions in a memorable way. At least one course from the above list must be a leadership-focused course that addresses the specific goal of enriching student understanding of leadership. (For example, depending on the sustainability content in the course during the semester in question, Public Policy 305 - Leadership Studies, Philosophy 119 - Ethical Leadership, Rural Sociology 305W - Leadership for Social Change, or Biology 251 - Peer Leadership in Biology might all be appropriate.)
At lease one course from the above list must be at the 400 level. (The leadership-focused course may also serve as the required 400-level course.)
Select 3 credits at the 400 level, selected in consultation with the student’s academic advisor and approved by the minor committee; this course must have a reflective capstone project or independent study that includes an applied or research experience in sustainability leadership. (Sem 7-8)

At least three credits from the Additional Courses or the Supporting Courses must be from outside the student’s major department.

Last Revised by the Department: Spring Semester 2011

Blue Sheet Item #: 39-06-103

Review Date: 04/12/2011


Look up course abbreviations

Course descriptions are stored in LionPATH, the University-wide student information system. Please visit the LionPATH Course Catalog to access current course descriptions. At that point, you will be leaving the University Bulletin website.

Skip Popular Searches
  1. Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements
  2. General Education: United States Cultures and International Cultures
  3. Course Index
  4. Graduate Degree Programs Bulletin
  5. General Education: Arts
  6. General Education: Humanities
  7. General Education: Health and Physical Activity
  8. General Education: Natural Sciences
  9. General Education: Social and Behavioral Sciences
  10. General Education: Writing/Speaking