Sustainability Studies Course Listings

The major in sustainability studies includes two unique Goshen College offerings: the Sustainability Core sequence and the Sustainability Leadership Semester at Merry Lea. The minor includes the Sustainability Leadership Semester plus one additional course.

Major in sustainability studies

56 credit hours

Sustainability Core (19 credit hours)

  • Biol 207, Roots of Environmental Crisis 3
  • Bus 121, Introduction to Entrepreneurship 3
  • Bus 307, Career Planning 1
  • Econ 309, Environmental Economics 3
  • Sust 201, Introduction to Sustainability 3
  • Sust 205, Sustainability Policy 3
  • Sust 410, Sustainability Capstone 3

Sustainability Leadership Semester (15 credit hours)

  • Sust 300, Sustainability and Regeneration
  • Sust 309, Faith, Ethics and Ecojustice
  • Sust 313, Freshwater Resources
  • Sust 320, Environmental Policy & Politics
  • Sust 330, Sustainability Problem Solving

Remaining requirements in the major (22 credits)

  • Bus 230, Business Fundamentals 3
  • Sust 155, Sustainability Seminar (x3) 3
  • Sust 409, Internship 1-3
  • Two of the following courses: 6+
    • Biol 115, Ecology and Evolution (4)
    • Biol 205, Pollinators in Peril (3)
    • Biol 235, Geographic Information Systems (4)
    • Chem 101, 103 or 111 (3-4)
    • Phys 215, Climate Change (3)
  • One of the following courses: 3
    • Econ 314, Economics of Sustainability (3)
    • Psych 200, Social Psychology (3)
    • Soc 320, Environmental Sociology (3)
    • Soc 391, Methods of Social Research (3)
  • One of the following courses: 3
    • Hist 345, Environmental History (3)
    • PJCS 360, Designing for Social Change (3)
    • Rel 207, Religion and Politics (3)
  • One of the following courses: 3
    • Comm 108, Digital Design (3)
    • Comm 206, Communication Across Cultures (3)

Student learning outcomes

Graduates with a major in sustainability studies will:

  1. Describe the ecological and social elements of a landscape and their interconnections.
  2. Describe direct and indirect ways that they as individuals affect sustainable systems.
  3. Develop an ethical framework for a career that fosters a sustainable future.
  4. Communicate, collaborate and empathize with people who have multiple perspectives of sustainability toward the common good.
  5. Be able to influence the policy process to create more resilient communities.
  6. Articulate the role that economics plays in the design of sustainable systems and communities.
  7. Practice skills of critical questioning and interpretation to facilitate multi-disciplinary problem-solving.
  8. Apply lessons learned to address current regional challenges.

Planning guide

First year Goshen Core
Introduction to Sustainability
Roots of Environmental Crisis
Business Fundamentals
Second year Goshen Core
SST language
Sustainability Policy
Sustainability Seminars
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Career Planning
Third year Sustainability Leadership Semester (fall)
SST (spring)
Fourth year Balance of Goshen Core
Environmental Economics
Sustainability Seminar
Sustainability Capstone
Internship

Planning and advising notes

The sustainability studies major can be tailored to individual career goals, in consultation with the academic advisor the Sustainability Coordinator.

Minor in sustainability

18 credit hours

  • Sustainability Leadership Semester 15
    • Sust 300, Sustainability and Regeneration (3)
    • Sust 309, Faith, Ethics and Eco-justice (3)
    • Sust 313, Freshwater Resources (4)
    • Sust 320, Environmental Policy and Politics (3)
    • Sust 330, Sustainability Problem Solving (2)
  • One of the following courses: 3-4
    • Biol 115, Ecology and Evolution
    • Biol 324, Advanced Field Ecology
    • Econ 309, Environmental Economics
    • Hist 345, Environmental History
    • Sust 340, Field Experience in Environmental Education

Sustainability Leadership Semester Program description

The fall Sustainability Leadership Semester (SLS) is a residential, problem-based undergraduate program. SLS focuses on understanding sustainable and regenerative communities by examining the local watershed. A cohort of students spends the fall semester in full-time residence at Merry Lea’s Rieth Village, where they closely evaluate day-to-day decisions and make sustainable living choices concerning both personal lifestyle and community life. They study the structures and functions of both societal systems and ecosystems at Merry Lea and in the surrounding region.

Learning occurs through talking with a wide range of actors and institutions, as students engage in critical issues of local concern. The learning community provides an opportunity for students and faculty from diverse backgrounds and expertise to contribute to the process of understanding these problems and looking for points of involvement together. Students interact with people from the local community who are faced with real environmental issues and grapple with the complexity of and interdisciplinary nature of possible solutions.

For more information about the sustainability Leadership Semester, see www.goshen.edu/academics/sustainability-minor/leadership-semester
A certificate of completion is available for SLS participants who do not wish to earn academic credit.