Director: Jay Leighter, Ph.D., Department of Communication Studies

The Sustainability Program draws from internationally established definitions of sustainability that emphasize meeting the resource needs of the current generation without preventing the capacity of future generations to meet their own resource needs. Doing so requires complex problem solving and an inherently interdisciplinary perspective emphasizing the balancing of environmental, humanistic, sociocultural, and economic demands. The program is responsive to environmental degradation and global urbanization, particularly, but emphasizes the value of a sustainability education in public policy, community development and social justice. The Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Sustainability is intended for students interested in pursuing careers that improve conditions for sustainability in communities, government, non-profits, civic organizations, business or law.

The Sustainability Studies program has received a Creighton Global Initiative award for 2016 fostering a collaboration with Environmental Science and Energy Technology in order to enhance international study opportunities for students. Students are strongly encouraged to pursue study abroad opportunities as part of completion of the program.

Sustainability Major requirements (44 credits)

Required Courses
ECO 203Introductory Microeconomics3
ATS 113
ATS 114
Introduction To Atmospheric Sciences
and Introduction To Atmospheric Sciences Laboratory
BIO 201General Biology: Organismal and Population3
CHM 105Introductory Chemistry3
or CHM 203 General Chemistry I
or EVS 460 Environmental Remote Sensing
EVS/BIO 390Environmental Science3
SUS 3XX Sustainability Internship3
SUS 400Sustainable Practice: The Examined Life3
EVS 491Senior Seminar1
Interdisciplinary Electives
Select one course from each of the following sets:
Philosophical Ethics: Energy and Environment
Environmental Ethics
Divine Providence, Catholic Social Teaching, & the Problem of Climate Change
God is Green
Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science3
Environmental Politics And Policy
Environment and Society: Sociological Perspectives
Sustainability and Rural America
Communication Studies3
Dialogue and Deliberation
Cultural Communication
Environmental Communication
Sustainable Enterprise and Social Entrepreneurship
Renewable Energy Strategy
Additional Electives
Select 6 credits of additional electives:6
Introduction to Anthropology: Culture, Energy and Sustainability
Physical Climatology and Climate Change
Green and Sustainable Chemistry Laboratory
Environmental Communication
Introductory Macroeconomics
Technical And Professional Writing
Contemporary Composition:Energy in Society
Global Environmental History
Philosophical Ethics: Energy and Environment
Environmental Ethics
Environmental Politics And Policy
Demography: World Population Issues
Environment and Society: Sociological Perspectives
Sustainability and Rural America
Introduction to Geographic Information Systems
The Human Induced Climate Crisis:Origins and Solutions
Divine Providence, Catholic Social Teaching, & the Problem of Climate Change
God is Green
Total Credits44

Minor in Sustainability Studies


SUS 400. Sustainable Practice: The Examined Life. 3 credits.

This is a course about living sustainably. This course holds as a guiding thesis that humans have become dangerously disconnected from the life forces that sustain them. The primary goal of this course is to help students become more aware of this connection and to adjust the way they live accordingly. P: Critical Issues in Human Inquiry course; Oral Communication course; Senior standing.

SUS 490. Senior Seminar:Discussion. 1 credit.

The Senior Seminar: Discussion is required of all EVS and SUS students as the first of two capstone courses. The course provides an opportunity for students to interact with natural and social scientists as well as others engaged in environmental research, policy, and practice. Students will learn about the fields of interest of peers and hear from others working in environment-related fields.


Professors: John J. O'Keefe, Ronald A. Simkins, William O. Stephens

Associate Professors: Barbara J. Dilly, James Leighter, Richard W. Miller, Anne Ozar, Graham P. Ramsden, Samantha Senda-Cook

Assistant Professors: Peter Gallo, Adam Sundberg, Ryan Wishart