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The College of St. Scholastica

The intersection of language, culture, sustainability and justice is central to meeting today’s challenges. In the Global Sustainability and Justice Studies program, you will learn about how these building blocks of society are impacted by people, places and power. Through this program, you will gain greater insight into the challenges that are created as these interests collide as well as how to address cultural, social and environmental challenges on both local and global levels.

Promoting Just Communities

The coursework offers an interdisciplinary and holistic education in examining processes and systems through the lens of social justice. Each student will choose one of four concentrations beyond the core curriculum of the program.

The four Global Sustainability and Justice Studies concentrations are:

  • Peace, advocacy and justice
  • Environmental studies
  • Global public health
  • Sustainable management

Each concentration will allow you to focus more deeply on your area of interest and work with a vibrant, interactive and intercultural community. Through this community, you’ll gain the knowledge you need to investigate the roles and responsibilities of both the individual and the community in these social processes. You will also begin to understand the challenges that face society and acquire the skills to develop and communicate solutions to those challenges to help transform the world with the ultimate aim of promoting peaceful and just communities through deeper cultural understanding.

A Great Place to Learn

Duluth and The College of St. Scholastica offer an ideal setting to study environmental and social justice issues. If you are motivated to pursue these interests as a career, you will find a dynamic community of students, faculty, and community organizations in an urban setting along the shore of Lake Superior. You will have many opportunities to practice advocating for a more just, peaceful and resilient world. St. Scholastica is the perfect place to help you prepare for this life-changing work!

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Benedictine Scholarship

All new first-year applicants to St. Scholastica will be awarded either the Benedictine Scholarship or the Access Award, upon admission to the College.

Financial Aid

100% of traditional incoming undergraduates receive some type of scholarships. The average for scholarships, grants and/or loans is $31,841.

Degree Details


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Experiential Learning

Duluth is increasingly recognized as a climate haven city and is home to a vibrant community of organizations dedicated to environmental and social justice. Experiential learning is integral to the Global Sustainability and Justice Studies major and students will work with these organizations as well as in regional and global contexts. Our faculty are deeply connected to local and global organizations and work with students individually to craft experiential learning opportunities, such as internships and study abroad.

Career Outlook

Graduates of the St. Scholastica Global Sustainability and Justice Studies (GSJ) program are working in the following career fields:

  • Sustainable Development
  • Environmental Justice
  • Culturally-Responsive Health Care
  • Youth and Justice
  • Anti-Racism, Anti-Poverty and Anti-Violence
  • Museum, Library Studies, Information Science
  • Higher Education
  • Language and Cultural Teaching
  • Law, Public Policy and Advocacy
  • Immigrant Support and Refugee Resettlement
  • International Business

As a double major or minor, GSJ complements other programs on campus, such as Health Humanities, History, languages (ASL, German, Ojibwe, Spanish), Philosophy, Political Science, Pre-Law, Theology and Religious Studies, Biology, Chemistry, Social Work, Nursing and Management.

Pair with a Language

Boost your brainpower and give yourself a competitive edge in our global economy by pairing your major with a language. St. Scholastica offers programs and courses in American Sign Language, German, Ojibwe and Spanish.

Meet Our Faculty

Experienced, Dedicated and Distinguished Educators

Expect to be heard, to be challenged and to be involved. St. Scholastica faculty are world-class scholars and experts in their field who invest in your success. Our values of community, respect, stewardship, hospitality and love of learning reflect our faculty’s commitment to lifting up others and celebrating our common humanity.