One of the most important things to do when you’re passionate about something is to educate yourself. There are many ways to do that, especially on campus! Here are a few different ways you can broaden your sustainable knowledge!
Whether your major is in the arts, the sciences, or in between, sustainability can compliment it! The Sustainability Minor is new to the MSU campus as of fall 2015. 16-18 hours are required, and there’s a wide range of courses available, including some in Planning, Art, Economics, Psychology, and even Sociology. You’ll also have to complete 1-3 hours of one of the following: Study Away, an Internship, Service Learning, or Independent Study. Find more requirements and course options here.
Do you want to protect tourist destinations for the benefit of the next generation? Check out this program! It’s related to the Geography undergraduate degree. It’s the first of its kind in the United States and one of only three worldwide! It focuses on using principles of sustainability to enhance and emphasize the distinctiveness of a destination for both residents and visitors.
Courses in Sustainability
There are plenty of courses you can take that involve sustainability, including 139 undergraduate and 57 graduate! Now, I won’t be listing all of those, but I will point out a few interesting ones!
- Theatre for Social Change (THE 515)
- Sustainable Design (HID 340)
- Environmental Regulation (LAW 537)
- Environmental Ethics (PHI 302)
Want to check out the rest? Here’s a link!
If you’re passionate about sustainability and looking for a way to raise awareness about it, you should consider joining Eco-Reps! It’s a face-to-face education program, where students engage with their peers on sustainability issues. They also help plan and implement student-focused outreach activities for campus-wide events, such as RecycleMania (which is coming up soon)!
Their main goal is to provide sustainability education to students, increase involvement and encourage behavior change. It also counts toward volunteer hours!!
Find more information and an application link for Eco-Reps here.
NWEI Discussion Courses
If you’re looking to expand your knowledge on sustainability topics, this is for you! Missouri State offers five sustainability discussion courses that are completely FREE and open to all MSU students, faculty, and staff. There are 6 to 8 discussions that last approximately 1 hour in length with 8 to 12 participants.
There are multiple courses to choose from including:
- Choices for Sustainable Living
- Menu for the Future
- Sustainable Systems at Work
You can find more information as well as a Discussion Course Interest Form by using the link here.