Sustainability is usually defined as the ability to meet the resource needs of the current generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. At UMW, we consider four aspects of sustainability: environmental, social, economic, and cultural sustainability. The goal of the Environmental Sustainability minor is to encourage students to analyze our natural and social worlds and to examine approaches to resolving critical resource issues for the long-term. The core classes provide a common introduction to the scientific study of the environment and issues of sustainability. Students then add three additional elective classes that appeal to particular interests and their respective applications of sustainability concepts. Completing this minor will better prepare students for the complex, interdisciplinary challenges our society faces.
Requirements for the Environmental Sustainability Minor
Eighteen to twenty-one (18 – 21) credits. Three required core courses: EESC 110, 230, and either 326 or 330. Three or more elective courses from the following list, totaling at least nine (9) credits: ANTH 365; EESC 210, 307, 313, 315, 323, 325, 326, 330, 355, 360, 421, 481, 499; BIOL 424, 428; COMM 354; ECON 324, 351; GEOG 245, 339, 360E; HIST 322; PHIL 330, 430; SOCG 354: SPAN 345.
Link to course description pages for disciplines included in the Minor: