Sustainability

https://www.creighton.edu/program/sustainability-major-ba

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 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
BIO 201General Biology: Organismal and Population3
CHM 105Introductory Chemistry3
or CHM 203 General Chemistry I
or EVS 460 Environmental Remote Sensing
ECO 203Introductory Microeconomics3
EVS 113Introduction To Atmospheric Sciences3
EVS 114Introduction To Atmospheric Sciences Laboratory1
EVS 201Introduction to Environmental Sciences3
EVS 491Senior Seminar1
SUS 400Sustainable Practice: The Examined Life3
Interdisciplinary Electives
Select one course from each of the following sets:
Philosophy3
Philosophical Ethics: Energy and Environment
Environmental Ethics
Theology3
Divine Providence, Catholic Social Teaching, & the Problem of Climate Change
God is Green
Anthropology, Sociology, Political Science3
Environmental Politics And Policy
Environment & Society: Sociological Perspectives
Communication Studies3
Sustainability Across the Rural Americas
Cultural Communication
Environmental Communication
National Parks-Created through Communication
Business3
Sustainable Enterprise and Social Entrepreneurship
Renewable Energy Strategy
Additional Electives
Select 9 credits of additional electives:9
Introduction to Anthropology: Culture, Ecology and Sustainability
Cities and People: Urban History and Social Justice
Climate Change and the City
Green and Sustainable Chemistry Laboratory
Environmental Communication
National Parks-Created through Communication
Special Topics In Communication Studies (Sustainability Internship)
Introductory Macroeconomics
Technical And Professional Writing
Physical Climatology and Climate Change
A History of (Un)natural Disasters
History of Environmental Inequalities
Global Environmental History
Philosophical Ethics: Energy and Environment
Environmental Ethics
Thoreau and Environmentalism
Environmental Politics And Policy
Environment & Society: Sociological Perspectives
Sustainability Across the Rural Americas
Making Maps that Matter: Introduction to GIS
The Human Induced Climate Crisis:Origins and Solutions
Theological Ethics: Social Action and Political Advocacy
Divine Providence, Catholic Social Teaching, & the Problem of Climate Change
God is Green
Total Credits44

Minor in Sustainability Studies

Faculty

Professors: Richard W. Miller, John J. O'Keefe, Ronald A. Simkins

Associate Professors: Matthew Averett, Peter Jack Gallo, James Leighter, Anne Ozar, Graham P. Ramsden, Samantha Senda-Cook

Assistant Professors: Daniel R. DiLeo, Pierce L. Greenberg, Angela J. Lederach, Adam Sundberg, Ryan Wishart