Do you have a passion for improving our human relationships to the environment and
each other? Are you a creative problem-solver who wants to tackle some of the biggest challenges of our time? Do you love thinking about the connections between science, the arts, humanities, and the natural world? Then a major or minor in Sustainability at Goshen College might be for you!
Sustainability will prepare you to think deeply and act effectively for positive change in
our modern world. At heart, it’s a way of understanding the world that will help you see
connections, and build solutions that will help us all live more lightly and joyfully on this
Studies in Sustainability are even more effective when paired with another major or
minor that helps to round out your skills and pursue your passions. In the last few years,
students have graduated from Goshen connecting Sustainability through their choice of
majors & minors with Accounting, Art, Biology, Computer Science, Engineering Physics, Environmental Science, History, Music, and more. Reach out to any of the faculty in our program if you’d like more ideas about how to best bring your interests together.
SPECIAL NOTE: A lot of students are a little confused at first about the differences
between Sustainability, Sustainability Management, and Environmental Science /
Studies. That’s OK! There is a lot of overlap in these, although they each equip you with different tools for analyzing and tackling problems. And because these programs use a lot of the same classes in the first two or three semesters at Goshen, you’ll have some time to figure out what is the best path for you.
What makes Sustainability at Goshen unique, powerful, and fun?
Goshen College is committed to sustainability, and that commitment is evident in
everything from our food services to our core courses. Sustainability students have many
chances to get involved on-campus, in the region, and even internationally, as leaders to
help our communities create and implement solutions.
We also want to make sure you come out of college with solid experiences that prepare
you well for the workplace, and life in general. In any given semester, you will go on
various field trips to learn how professionals and community members do their jobs and
how they connect to sustainability. Along the way, you will also learn practical skills
like baking bread, preserving food, and canoeing as a form of local tourism.
Learn from Experienced Faculty in a Supportive Environment
No matter what your interests are, our experienced faculty will help you find a way to connect you to sustainability. You’ll get to know each other quickly with small class sizes and low student-to-teacher ratios. Our professors challenge students to think deeply about the issues that matter most, helping you develop the systems-thinking skills you need to be a leader in the natural sciences and social sciences.
Goshen College is committed to sustainability, and that commitment is evident in everything from our food services to our core courses. Sustainability studies majors and minors have many chances to get involved on-campus and abroad.
Environmental health is crucial work that will make a difference in the global community, and we’re proud to be playing a part in training tomorrow’s sustainability pioneers.
Get Hands-On Experience Solving Real-World Problems
Live with other students in sustainable LEED Platinum-certified “green” buildings (at Rieth Village)
Learn about the local watershed by investigating Merry Lea’s diverse 1,189-acre nature preserve and travel through the surrounding region
Learn about societal and environmental problems, and a growing list of solutions
Wrestle together with the “big picture” questions of life: identity, meaning, community, faith, peace-making, and how they all connect to sustainability
Cook food from produce you’ve helped to raise on site
Make group decisions about limiting consumption to preserve natural resources
Spend a week canoeing on the Elkhart and St. Joseph Rivers to better understand the whole watershed
We believe that the best learning happens not in the classroom, but embedded in real life – seeing how things work and how people get stuff done in marshland, prairies, conference rooms, and kitchens. Even our classroom time is usually outdoors being close to the rest of Creation!
The Bottom Line
Regardless of what you want to do after college — whether pursue further studies in one of many sustainability-related fields or dive right into the challenging and thrilling work of solving problems in communities — studying sustainability at Goshen will prepare you for it!
In the sustainability studies program, you will learn to:
Analyze environmental and social problems
Develop sustainable solutions for modern challenges
Communicate across disciplines and to the general public
Think critically about your own consumption habits
Understand the connections between environment, economy, and society
We hope you’ll consider joining us on this journey!
If interested in learning more about sustainability at Goshen College, fill out the form below to get started. Financial aid options are available.
Learn more about the Sustainability Semester, a key part of the sustainability studies major or sustainability minor.
Bekah’s major was environmental science, but she has a particular passion for food systems. Bekah helped to develop the garden outside of Goshen College’s cafeteria and led the campus composting program.