Global Perspectives on Sustainability Minor

This interdisciplinary minor introduces students to the foundations of environmental sustainability and its complexities, with an emphasis on the approaches taken by people living under different geographic and economic conditions. Of special importance in this minor is increasing student understanding of the issues and problems faced by the majority of global citizens who live in less industrial or less economically developed parts of the world.

All students must complete 19 semester hours, distributed as listed below. A minimum 2.25 GPA is required for all courses in this minor. Courses must be taken for a grade (not credit/no-credit). Students planning to take this minor should consult with the minor advisor.

  1. Background Courses (3 courses)
    • Natural Science
    • Business
    • Political/Social Science
  2. Sustainability and Environmental Foundations (1 course)
  3. Advanced Course (1 course)
  4. Field Courses or Internship (4 hours minimum)

Background Courses

Natural Science

Take 1 of these courses:

Course Title Hours
BOT 131 Plants, Humanity, and the Environment 3
GEO 271 Human Dimensions of Natural Resource Conservation 3
GLG 121 Environmental Geology 3
GLG 307 Water and Society 3
IES 275 Principles of Environmental Science 3


Take 1 of these courses:

Course Title Hours
ECO 201 Principles of Microeconomics 3
ECO 202 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ECO 406 Environmental Economics 3
MKT 291 Principles of Marketing 3

Political/Social Science

Take 1 of these courses:

Course Title Hours
ATH 175 Peoples of the World 3
ITS 201 Introduction to International Studies 3
POL 270 Current World Problems 3
POL 271 World Politics 4

Sustainability and Environmental Foundations

Take 1 of these courses:

Course Title Hours
GEO 436 Women, Gender, and the Environment 3
GEO 473 Development and Underdevelopment 3
IES 431 Principles and Applications of Environmental Sciences 3
PHL 376 Environmental Philosophy 4

Advanced Course

Take 1 of these courses:

Course Title Hours
ATH 305 Latin America: Anthropological Perspectives 3
ATH 307 The Middle East: Anthropological Perspectives 3
BWS 339 Contemporary African Politics 3
BWS 362 Family Poverty 3
GEO 301 Geography of Sub-Saharan Africa 4
GEO 304 Latin American Development 4
GEO 405 The Caribbean in Global Context 3
GEO 472 Geography of Population and Resources
GEO 475 Global Periphery's Urbanization 3
HST 495 Modern African Environmental History 3
HST 496 Africa in the 20th Century: Decolonization and Independence 3
ITS 302 Problems of Non-Western Societies 3
POL 335 Politics of East Asia 4
POL 336 Politics of the Middle East 3
POL 337 Politics of Latin America 4
POL 338 Contemporary African Politics 3
POL 346 Global Gender Politics 3
POL 378 Latin America: The Region and the World 3
POL 386 Global Competition 3
BIO 467 Conservation Biology 3

Field Courses or Internship

Take a minimum of 4 semester hours in field courses or internships.