Sustainability Studies and the Environment

Sustainability Studies and the Environment

Sustainability Studies and the Environment is an interdisciplinary program designed to implement all five of the Benedictine values while especially emphasizing stewardship. The program draws on faculty from a wide variety of Departments across campus and hence views sustainability from many different perspectives. The goal of the program is to provide the student knowledge of the problems confronting the modern world and the ability to make real-world contributions toward solving those problems.

Program Director: Dr. Drew Mannetter

Program Requirements

  • Major: 44-46 credits
  • Minor: 24 credits

Core Courses (28-30 credits):

  • SUS 1777: Introduction to Sustainability
  • BIO 1103: Current Environmental Topics OR CHM 1010: Chemistry and Sustainability
  • PHL 2777: Environmental Ethics
  • POL 4402: Environmental Politics
  • Capstone (2 credits)
  • Internship (2-4 credits)


  • Students will understand the three ‘E’s of sustainability: environment, economy, and equity, and will be able to articulate how they are interrelated on local and global levels.
  • Students will assess the ways in which sustainability topics are approached in a diversity of academic disciplines in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities.
  • Students will critically analyze economic and social systems and cultural values that contribute to unsustainability.
  • Students will apply tools of advocacy and policy to promote sustainable development and equity.
  • Students will employ principles of respect, stewardship, dignity, and community to creatively propose individual and collective behavioral changes which build just and resilient communities.
  • Students will design, implement, and evaluate actions that support ecological, organizational, and cultural sustainability (such as workshops, projects, media, performances) that align with community practices.
  • Students will integrate sustainability theory and practice through applied and experiential community work.

Compatible Majors:

Sustainability now has an impact in all areas of human endeavor. Governments, corporations, religious institutions, academic institutions, non-profit organizations, hospitals, etc. are all incorporating principles of sustainability into their everyday practices. Hence, a student can prepare themselves for the job market by combining a sustainability major with any field of interest: business, economics, biology, marketing, nursing, management, fine arts, pre-law, etc.