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Sustainability isn’t just a corporate buzzword. At its core lies a deep concern for those who will come after us. Sustainability means stewardship of our natural resources combined with social transformation and market innovation so that we can meet the needs of future generations without exceeding our planetary boundaries.

As a student in our Sustainability Studies and the Environment program, you will focus on the three E’s of sustainability:

  • Environment
  • Equity
  • Economy

Your coursework, grounded in the liberal arts, will offer an interdisciplinary, holistic education. You’ll gain the knowledge you need to understand the challenges that face us and the skills to develop and communicate solutions.

A Sustainability Studies major or minor can be combined with other academic programs, from biology to business. Students engage in experiential learning, create an internship portfolio and pursue research in their area of special interest. Program graduates will be well-prepared for roles in the government agencies, corporations and non-profit organizations that are shaping our future. The principles of sustainable development are key to the success of companies and communities and they’ll need your leadership.

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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 financial aid. The average for scholarships, grants and/or loans is $31,841.

Degree Details


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St. Scholastica’s longstanding commitment to inclusivity and generous financial aid packages make our world-class educational programs accessible to students from any background.


Visit our Catalog to view the program, course and degree requirements, and learning outcomes. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.



Career Outlook

Students who successfully complete a Sustainability Studies and the Environment major, along with interdisciplinary courses outside the program, will be exceptionally well prepared for the modern-day workplace and a variety of graduate degrees.

This program is also ideal for students who have an interest in integrating sustainability and the environment into their careers across all industries.

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.

Additionally, students 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.

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.