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Undergraduate Degree Programs

Sustainability Leadership

Intercollege Program (SUSLD)

The Intercollege Minor in Sustainability Leadership has been designed for students who wish to promote environmental, social, and economic sustainability in their personal and professional lives. Administered by a University-wide faculty committee, the program provides an opportunity for students in any academic major to develop key competencies that will be the foundation for their growth as sustainability leaders in their civic and professional endeavors. Students cultivate these sustainability leadership competencies in the context of thematic tracks that allow them to focus on particular topics within sustainability studies. The competencies cut across all thematic tracks so that all students in the minor will develop capabilities in: systems thinking; application of sustainability concepts, metrics and analysis; ethics; self-knowledge and leadership; change agency; and collaboration. While these competencies are developed in the context of a specific thematic track, they are transferrable to numerous settings and problems, and graduates of the Sustainability Leadership program will be able to apply them to ethical, social, business and civic issues that they encounter after leaving the University.

All students in the minor are required to take the introductory course, Foundations of Leadership in Sustainability (SUST 200). Within each thematic track, students select twelve credits related to the chosen theme in sustainability leadership. These must include three credits of approved leadership coursework (scholarly explorations of leadership concepts related to the chosen theme) and three credits that offer an immersive experience in sustainability (that is, an opportunity to engage, observe and learn in depth about sustainability challenges and solutions related to the student’s chosen theme). The final three credits for each student in the minor is the 400-level Sustainability Leadership Capstone experience. Capstone selection is in consultation with the student’s major advisor, the minor advisor or coordinator, and the course instructor. The capstone coursework must be relevant to the chosen theme, must have an approved capstone project that includes scholarly applied or theoretical research on a current issue in sustainability leadership, and must include a critical synthesis of the student’s minor curriculum and an articulation of its crosscutting themes.

Design for Sustainable Communities Track
This track allows students to investigate sustainability and leadership in community and urban planning; courses focus on both technical design and community development.

Educating for Sustainability Track
This track provides students with the opportunity to explore a variety of approaches to sustainability education and leadership in sustainability.

Humanistic Understanding of Sustainability Track
Through reading and analysis of significant sustainability-focused texts in philosophy, history, literature, and the social sciences students delve into the evolution and history of thinking on sustainability and leadership in sustainability.

Sustainability and Food Systems Track
Students in this track learn about the nature of food and sustainable food systems, and about sustainability policy and leadership issues related to food, including food security, sustainable production practices, distribution, and safety.

Applicants to the minor present a proposed plan of study for the chosen minor track. The proposed plan of study must be approved by the student’s major faculty advisor and by the minor advisor. Entrants to the minor are required to have declared a major field of study.

New Sustainability Leadership minor tracks will be developed over time, and students are encouraged to consult with the minor coordinator early in their program planning, in order to be aware of upcoming additions to the curriculum. In exceptional cases, and by written approval of the program coordinator and major advisor, students may propose a specialized track of their own design.

Students may apply toward the minor no more than six credits from their major requirements and no more than six credits from their other minor requirements. The Sustainability Leadership Capstone credits may not be used simultaneously to fulfill capstone or thesis requirements for any other degree program. All minor programs must include at least six credits at the 400 level. A grade of C or higher is required for all courses in the minor.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MINOR: 18 credits [1]

PRESCRIBED COURSES (3 credits)
SUST 200(3) (Sem: 2-6)

ADDTIONAL COURSES (6 credits)
Take the following 6 credits, or approved substitutions, in consultation with the minor advisor:
SUST 295 or 495, or approved substitution that provides an immersive sustainability experience (3) (Sem: 5-7)
SUST 496 or approved substitution that offers a capstone project in sustainability leadership (3) (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING AND RELATED COURSE AREA (9 credits)
Allowable courses in this area vary by Sustainability Leadership Thematic Track. See Specifics below.

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

Requirements for Sustainability Leadership Minor Thematic Tracks

Design for Sustainable Communities Track

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credits)
The following 6 credits, or approved substitutions, must be related to the theme of Design for Sustainable Communities:
SUST 495 or approved substitution that provides immersive sustainability experience (3) (Sem: 5-7)
SUST 496 or approved substitution that offers a capstone project in sustainability leadership (3) (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING AND RELATED COURSE AREA (9 credits)
(Allowable courses in this area vary by Sustainability Leadership Thematic Track. See specifics below.

Sustainability/Technical Leadership(12 credits)
At least 3 credits in this area must be at the 400 level.

Select 6 credits from the following course list, or approved substitutions (6 credits)
C E 410W Sustainable Residential Subdivision (3)
CED 152 Community Development Concepts and Practice (3)
CED 309 Land Use Dynamics (3)
CED 409 Land Use Planning and Procedure (3)
CED 427W Society and Natural Resource (3)
ENVE 460 Enviornmental Law (3)
GEOG 120 (GS;US;IL) Urban Geography: A Global Perspective (3)
GEOG 429 (US;IL) Geographic Perspectives on Global Urbanization (3)
GEOG 436 Ecology, Economy, and Society (3)
GEOG 439 Property and the Global Environment (3)
LARCH 065 (GA;US;IL) Built Environment and Culture (3)
LARCH 241 Ecological Principles for Landscape (3)
LARCH 311 Design and Theory III: Regional Planning and Landscape Systems (4)
SOILS 422 Natural Resources Conservation and Community Sustainability (3)

Select one of the following leadership courses or approved substitutions, in consultation with the SUSLD advisor (3 credits)
AEE 465 Leadership Practices: Power, Influences, and Impact (3)
ARCH 412 Integrative Energy and Environmental Design (3)
CED 375H Community, Local Knowledge, and Democracy (3)
CEDEV 452 Community Structure, Processes and Capacity (3)

Educating for Sustainability Track

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credits)
Take the following 6 credits, or approved substitutions, in consultation with the minor advisor:
SUST 495 or approved substitution that provides immersive sustainability experience (3) (Sem: 5-7)
SUST 496 or approved substitution that offers a capstone project in sustainability leadership (3) (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING AND RELATED COURSE AREA (9 credits)
Select 6 credits from the following course list, or approved substitutions (6 credits):
AEE 350 Teaching Methods for Agricultural and Environmental Laboratories (3)
AEE 400 Global Agriculture Education (3)
AEE 412 Methods of Teaching Agriculture and Environmental Science (4)
AEE 450 Program Design and Delivery (3)
EDTHP 435 Child Labor and Education in the Global Economy (3)
EDTHP 440 (CI ED 440) Introduction to Philosophy of Education (3)
RPTM 325 Principles of Environmental Interpretation (3)
RPTM 430 Environmental Education Methods and Materials (3)

Select 3 credits from the following leadership courses, or approved substitution, in consultation with the SUSLD advisor (3 credits)
AEE 201 (GS) Interpersonal Skills for Tomorrow's Leaders (3)
AEE 311 Developing Youth Leadership through Organization and Program Structure (3)
AEE 360 Leadership Development for Small Groups (3)
AEE 460 Foundations in Leadership Development (3)
AEE 465 Leadership Practices: Power, Influences, and Impact (3)
EDLDR 409 Leadership Studies in Popular Film (3)
EDLDR 480 Introduction to Educational Leadership (3)
PHIL 119 (GH) Ethical Leadership (3)
RPTM 236 Leadership and Group Dynamics in Recreation Services (3)
SOC 469 Techniques in Small Group Facilitation (1-4)

Humanistic Understanding of Sustainability Track

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credits)
Take the following six credits, or approved substitutions, in consultation with the minor advisor:
SUST 495 or approved substitution that provides immersive sustainability experience (3) (Sem: 5-7)
SUST 496 or approved substitution that offers a capstone project in sustainability leadership (3) (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING AND RELATED COURSE AREA (9 credits)
Select 6 credits from the following courses, or approved substitutions (6 credits):
CMLIT 435 (IL) Cultures of Globalization (3)
CMLIT 455 (IL) Ethics, Justice, and Rights in World Literature (3)
ENGL 180 (GH) Literature and the Natural World (3)
ENGL 181A (GH;US) Adventure Literature: Exploring the Chesapeake Bay (4.5)
ENGL 181B (GH;US) Adventure Literature: Exploring Cape Cod (4.5)
ENGL 181C (GH;US) The Beach: Exploring the Literature of the Atlantic Shore (4.5)
ENGL 181D (GH;US) Adventure Literature: Exploring the Literature of American Wilderness (3)
ENGL 424 Creative Writing and the Natural World (3)
ENGL 430 American Renaissance (3)
HIST 109 (GH;US) Introduction to U.S. Environmental History (3)
HIST 110 (GH;IL) Nature and History (3)
HIST 111 (GH;US) American Food System: History, Technology, and Culture (3)
HIST 151 (GS;US) (S T S 151) Technology and Society in American History (3)
HIST 453 American Environmental History (3)
PHIL 013 (GH) Philosophy, Nature, and the Environment (3)
PHIL 118 (GH) Introduction to Environmental Philosophy (3)
PHIL 403 Environmental Ethics (3)

Select 3 credits from the following leadership courses, or approved substitution, in consultation with the SUSLD advisor (3 credits)
CAS 404 Conflict Resolution and Negotiation (3)
CAS 409 (PL SC 409) Democratic Deliberation (3)
PHIL 119 (GH) Ethical Leadership (3)
PL SC 112 (GS) Ethics in Citizenship, Politics, and Government (3)
PUBPL 305 Leadership Studies (3)

Sustainability and Food Systems Track

ADDITIONAL COURSES (6 credits)
Take the following 6 credits, or approved substitutions, in consultation with the minor advisor:
SUST 495 or approved substitution that provides immersive sustainability experience (3) (Sem: 5-7)
SUST 496 or approved substitution that offers a capstone project in sustainability leadership (3) (Sem: 7-8)

SUPPORTING AND RELATED COURSE AREA (9 credits)
Select one of the following food/nutrition courses, or approved substitutions (3 credits):
NUTR 251 (GHA) Introductory Principles of Nutrition (3)
FD SC 406 Physiology of Nutrition (3)

Select one of the following food system courses, or approved substitutions (3 credits):
AG BM 102 Economics of Food Systems (3)
AGECO 134 (GN) (R SOC 134) Sustainable Agriculture Science and Policy (3)
AGECO 144 (GN) Principles and Practices of Organic Agriculture (3)
E R M 210 (GN) Environmental Factors and Their Effect on Your Food Supply (3)
HIST 111 (GH; US) (NUTR 111 ) American Food System: History, Technology, and Culture (3)
NUTR 430 Global Food Strategies: Problems and Prospects for Reducing World Hunger (3)

Select 3 credits from the following leadership courses, or approved substitution, in consultation with the SUSLD advisor (3 credits)
AEE 201 (GS) Interpersonal Skills for Tomorrow's Leaders (3)
AEE 465 Leadership Practices: Power, Influences, and Impact (3)
PHIL 119 (GH) Ethical Leadership (3)
PL SC 112 (GS) Ethics in Citizenship, Politics, and Government (3)
RPTM 236 Leadership and Group Dynamics in Recreation Services (3)

Last Revised by the Department: Fall Semester 2015

Blue Sheet Item #: 44-02-000

Review Date: 10/13/2015