Undergraduate Specialization - Specialization in Sustainability

Specialization in Sustainability
Program Code:
5333 Sustainability
Program Level:
Award Type:
Specialization Undergraduate
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Department of Community Sustainability
Relevant Excerpt(s) from Academic Programs:

Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
Following this section are the requirements as represented in Degree Navigator, MSU's online advising tool. The Degree Navigator section is only available for programs using Degree Navigator for degree certification.

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Department of Community Sustainability

Undergraduate Programs
Specialization in Sustainability

The Specialization in Sustainability enables students to gain holistic and integrated competencies around four broad core content areas: aesthetic appreciation, ecological integrity, social equity, and economic vitality through the domains of civic engagement, systems thinking, critical thinking, and personal development. The specialization provides the opportunity to apply this knowledge and competencies in a wide variety of environments including business, government, and non-governmental organizations which work to cultivate sustainable communities.

The specialization is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University in the Colleges of Agriculture and Natural Resources; Arts and Letters; Business; Natural Science; and Social Science and James Madison College. With the approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the specialization may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree. The student’s program of study must be approved in advance  and in writing by the director of the specialization.

Students must work with the director of the specialization and specialization advisors to prepare a written plan detailing the experiences and courses that will help them complete a portfolio demonstrating competency in the content areas and domains of the specialization.  Students begin with enrollment in ACR 187, complete other courses and extracurricular activities and then enroll in ACR 387 to develop an integrative project which plays an essential role in the development of the portfolio. Each semester, students are required to provide evidence in their portfolios of progress toward competencies. Completion and defense of the portfolio is embedded in ACR 487.

Students desiring knowledge and expertise in sustainability as it pertains to agriculture and food systems should consider the Specialization in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences.

Requirements for the Specialization in Sustainability

The student must complete 18 credits from the following:

1. All of the following courses (7 credits):  
  ACR 187 Introduction to Sustainability 3
  ACR 387 Sustainability Practicum 2
  ACR 487 Sustainability Portfolio Capstone 2
2. Eleven additional credits of course work selected from a list of approved courses maintained by the director of the specialization. All courses used to fulfill this requirement should be approved by the director of the specialization prior to enrollment.