Sustainability is most commonly defined as meeting the needs of the present generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It is characterized by three overarching concerns: maintaining ecological and environmental health; creating economic welfare; and ensuring social justice. The aim of the Minor in Sustainability Studies is to help students understand the ways in which these three concerns are interrelated and to explore how they best can be pursued at local, national, and global scales.
The Minor is thoroughly interdisciplinary, benefiting from the teaching and research of faculty from multiple departments and colleges. It is explicitly designed to complement any major area of study.
Course Requirements for the Minor in Sustainability Studies
- Students pursuing a Minor in Sustainability Studies must complete a total of 18 credit hours.
- All students take the (3 credit) gateway course, “Facets of Sustainability” (IDS 2935). The course introduces students to the theory, principles, and practices of sustainability as approached through a variety of topical concerns and academic fields. It features a series of lectures by UF faculty and community leaders.
- Students select 4-5 courses from a menu of other courses spanning multiple disciplines to gain a broad exposure to sustainability-related curricula. The menu is listed below.
- Students may apply to participate in the Minor’s capstone course, “Sustainability in Action” (IDS 4940). The course has a service learning, internship, or integrative research project component. Students accepted into this capstone course need only complete 4 courses (12 credits) selected from the 4 clusters listed below.
Menu of Courses for the Minor in Sustainability Studies
All students select one course from each of the four clusters. Students who do not participate in the “Sustainability in Action” capstone course must complete a fifth course from the clusters.
- Cluster A: Ethics, Culture & Human Behavior
- Cluster B: Economics, Law, & Policy
- Cluster C: Production Systems and the Built Environment
- Cluster D: Ecology & Environmental Stewardship
For a list of the cluster courses that are being offered in the fall and spring terms, see the Schedule of Courses.
Professor Les Thiele
Faculty Advisor for the Minor in Sustainability Studies