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Sustainability Studies

FOUR Great Reasons to get involved:

  1. It’s a Growing Job Field! Sources such as the Congressional Budget Office and the Pew Charitable Trust have reported that the rate of growth in “green jobs” has outpaced regular job growth almost 3 to 1 in the last decade, especially in fields like alternative energy, green construction, hybrid and electric vehicles, local and organic farming, public transportation, pollution control, and community enhancement. And many traditional businesses and organizations are hiring more sustainability experts both for marketing purposes and for improving company efficiency and employee wellness.
  2. Build Better Communities through engaging with campus & Memphis issues.
  3. Protect the Environment by learning about biodiversity and climate change.
  4. Live Lasallian and take the Catholic Climate Coalition’s St. Francis Pledge by pursuing Social Justice and caring for God’s Creation.

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Minor Field Overview

This Minor Field is open to all majors and combines the fields of Environmental Studies and Urban/Community Studies. It draws on concepts and practices from business, science, engineering, and the humanities. Sustainability seeks to make communities more just and vibrant and government and businesses more efficient in a manner that helps protect the environment and our resources so that future generations can enjoy the same quality of life that we do.

Sustainability Studies Minor Field Core Requirements:

  • HUM 210 – Introduction to Sustainability Studies - see course description below (fulfills a B-3 Social Science GER, or School of Arts Humanities slot)
  • BIO 107+lab – Environmental Biology (fulfills Science GER), or BIO 412 Ecology
  • PHIL 325 Environmental Ethics or PHIL 324 Technology and Human Values (fulfills Moral Values GER or School of Arts Humanities requirement)

And 3 more classes from the list below (2 of which must be outside your major):

  • HUM 295 Sustainability Internship or HUM 395 Community Service
  • ANTHRO/SOC 160 Cultural Anthropology (Social Science GER)
  • BIO 102 Epidemiology, BIO 107 Environmental, BIO 370 Toxicology, BIO 412 Ecology
  • CHE 410 – Air Pollution
  • ECON 325 Environmental, ECON 346 Sustainability, ECON 420 Managerial, ECON 422 Trade
  • HIST 351 American West, HIST 490 Environmental, HIST 493 Cities & Suburbs GS/HUM 200/300 – Global Studies
  • MGMT 320 International Business (Social Science GER)
  • PHIL 324 Environmental, PHIL 325 Technology (Moral Values GER)
  • POLS 113 World Politics (Social Science GER)
  • RS 331 Spirituality and the Ethics of Food (Religion GER) or Honors Integrative Seminar
  • HUM 498

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(No prereqs. Fall. Fills Social Science GER or School of Arts Humanities requirement) This gateway to the Sustainability Minor Field and the Sustainability Living-Learning Community uses interdisciplinary texts, local newspapers, discussion, small group work, and field trips to places like the Memphis Zoo and Harbortown/Uptown neighborhoods to explore the meanings of environmental and community sustainability from multiple cultural and academic perspectives. Guest speakers from local business, government agencies, and community organizations as well as CBU professors from different departments will engage students with what sustainability means in their professional and civic work. In addition to exams and short writing assignments, students will design and complete a Service Project that achieves sustainability-related outcomes in the community and fosters personal growth. This class serves as a beginning overview of the topic as well as a “sneak preview” of other classes to take for the Minor Field and potential internships.

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Pursue job experience via a 3-credit Internship course with one of our Intro class guest speakers or another business or organization involved in sustainability that will look great on your job resume or graduate school application! Meet with your faculty advisor regularly while you intern for a semester for one of the following:

  • Federal Express - environmental programs office
  • International Paper - recycling division
  • Memphis / Shelby County Government Joint Office of Sustainability
  • Livable Memphis - umbrella group for neighborhood organizations
  • Shelby Farms Conservancy Grow Memphis - community gardens in Memphis
  • Caritas Village - community center for health, education, & the arts
  • Wolf River Conservancy
  • Lichterman Nature Center
  • Center for Southern Folklore

Many students in the program choose to join the Sustainability Living-Learning Community, which combines taking classes in Sustainability with doing special Sustainability events outside the classroom and living together in the new Living Learning Center dorm at CBU.

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Christian Brothers University is a member of the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education.