Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies



Sustainability is most commonly defined as meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It is characterized by three overarching concerns: maintaining ecological and environmental health; creating economic welfare; and ensuring social justice. The aim of the Minor in Sustainability Studies is to help students understand the ways in which these three concerns are interrelated and to explore how they best can be pursued at local, national, and global scales.

The Minor is thoroughly interdisciplinary, benefiting from the teaching and research of faculty from multiple departments and colleges. It is explicitly designed to complement any major area of study.

Course Requirements for the Minor in Sustainability Studies

Students pursuing a Minor in Sustainability Studies must complete a total of 18 credit hours.

Menu of Courses for the Minor in Sustainability Studies

All students select one course from each of the four clusters. Students who do not participate in the “Sustainability in Action” capstone course must complete a fifth course from the clusters.

For a full list of courses in each cluster, visit the Sustainability website.

For a list of the cluster courses that are being offered in the fall and spring terms, see the Schedule of Courses at


For more information, go to or contact:

Professor Les Thiele
Faculty Advisor for the Minor in Sustainability Studies
Anderson 302

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