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Global Sustainability Minor

Director: Phoebe Crisman (on leave August 2013 - December 2014)*

*Carla Jones will be managing the activities and advising for the minor while Professor Crisman is on leave. Please submit any questions or concerns that you may have to

Governing Board: Hank Shugart, College of Arts & Sciences; Rachel Most, College of Arts & Sciences; Mark White, McIntire School of Commerce; Catherine Bradshaw, Curry School of Education; William Shobe, Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy; Lisa Colosi Peterson, School of Engineering & Applied Science; Jeanne Erickson, School of Nursing; Jenna Godfrey, Student Representative. Ex-officio members: Kim Tanzer, Dean, School of Architecture.


The interdisciplinary Minor in Global Sustainability benefits students of all majors across the University who want to understand the many facets of sustainability and learn how to apply this knowledge to their daily lives. The Minor empowers students across disciplines in common efforts to accomplish real change through community engagement with sustainable projects in their communities and beyond. The Minor also establishes connections between different disciplines and prepares students to incorporate sustainable practices into their varied future careers. The Minor is housed in the School of Architecture and guided by a Governing Board of representatives from the six partner academic units, the Office of the Vice President for Research, and student groups. In establishing the Minor we aim to shape students both into individual leaders ready to create and tackle projects on their own, and into creative collaborators who understand how to engage the material and human resources of their community to accomplish their goals.


A Minor in Global Sustainability is comprised of 5 courses: a required Foundation Course, Global Sustainability; three electives from a pre-approved list with one course selected from each of three categories: equity, environment, and economy; and a final Capstone course selected from an approved list of sustainability-focused, upper-level courses in several disciplines. No more than two of the four elective courses may be taken within a student’s own department, in order that each student add breadth to their major course of study. A current list of classes that satisfy Minor elective requirements is available here for each spring and fall semester. Students are able to customize their course of study to fit their sustainability interests and may petition the governing board to include courses not listed. Students are encouraged to take the required Foundation Course, Global Sustainability, before applying to the minor.

For questions regarding the minor, please email Carla Jones

To apply, fill out this form and email the form with essay to

Note: The foundation course is offered in the fall and spring semesters of each academic year. There are two application deadlines. The first deadline is November 15 and the second deadline is April 15.

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