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In conjunction with the dramatic expansion of Roosevelt’s RUrbanPioneers Community Garden in Schaumburg this spring, the Sustainability Studies Program is offering an innovative hybrid section of its most popular course, SUST 230 Food, that will feature a first-ever opportunity to … Continue reading
Appropriately enough as the summer semester begins here at RU, Illinois is celebrating Urban Biodiversity Week starting today, May 13th, and running through Sunday, May 19th. As noted on the Millenium Reserve page on the State of IL website: Please … Continue reading
Soon after RUrbanPioneers expanded and enriched the Roosevelt’s Community Garden at the Schaumburg Campus during Earth Week on two “Soil Service” Saturdays in April, this excellent article by RU’s own Laura Janota appeared in this week’s Daily Herald, the main … Continue readingMore from the Sustainability Studies Blog
Welcome to the new Sustainability Studies program at Roosevelt University's College of Professional Studies, the first degree program of its kind in the Chicago region and one of the few bachelor's degree in sustainability programs in the US.
Canoeing the North Branch of the Chicago River: rafting up to discuss the river's ecology and history with our canoe guides from Friends of the Chicago River, fall 2011 (photo by M. Bryson)
The nation and the world face an unprecedented challenge in the 21st century: we need to redesign and rethink much of our way of life to make it sustainable given the planet’s limited and fragile resources. Rigorous science has explained that current consumption trends threaten the planet with extraordinary climate change, which threatens extreme social dislocation by placing hardships on vulnerable peoples. Modern systems ranging from transportation networks to community building to food production will need to be significantly changed and adapted to this new reality. The leaders of this critical effort will be the next generation of college-educated students.
Students graduating with a major in Sustainability Studies will have a truly interdisciplinary understanding of the varied dimensions of sustainability, both from a local and global perspective; be fluent in articulating how sustainability issues relate to matter of the environment, the economy, and social equity; and demonstrate proficiency in critical thinking, reading, writing, and research skills. More specifically, students will learn how to:
You can pursue an undergraduate major in Sustainability Studies through two different pathways: a 120 semester-hour Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree, for students of all ages), and a fast-track Bachelor of Professional Studies (BPS) degree (for students 24 and older). In both cases, the major requirements are the same -- what differs are the general education requirements and the number of elective courses.
In both the BA and BPS options, you can choose a minor in a related field to make your sustainability studies major more focused and powerful.
Consider pursuing a double-major in SUST and another discipline offered in the College of Professional Studies.
Majoring in something else? Consider complementing your chosen field of study with a minor in Sustainability Studies. The course sequence for the minor (18sh) can be completed fully online, or through a mix of online and on-campus classes.
For more information on which SUST degree option is right for you, contact a College of Professional Studies advisor.