Sustainability is an interdisciplinary field that explores, from multiple perspectives, the interconnectedness of every system on the planet and how to maintain and improve earth’s resources for current and future generations. Environmental science provides the basis for understanding earth’s systems and how humans impact them. Humanities values our physical and ethical connection to these systems. Social sciences allows us to understand political, economic, and cultural sustainability, as well as formulate workable policies for a sustainable future.
Sustainability integrates a broad range of topics, including:
- green business practices
- natural resources management
- city planning (including land development, housing, transportation, and urban infrastructure)
- international law, policy, and politics
- ethics, values, and environmental justice
- energy and international development
- food security
- human health and quality of life.
A minor in Sustainability can be combined with any major in any college at UNO, offering students a flexible and interdisciplinary curriculum. Students who complete this minor will be able to:
- Understand sustainability, its various sub-disciplines, major themes, and analytical techniques as it relates to virtually any career field
- Recognize the political, economic, and cultural forces acting upon the global ecosystem
- Appreciate the significant value of the global ecosystem services provided by a healthy environment
- Identify ways to advance equity, improve quality of life, and lower our personal and collective environmental footprint, on campus and in the community.
All coursework taken for the Sustainability minor must be completed with a grade of “C-“ or better.
Dr. Elizabeth Chalecki, Dept. of Political Science
The minor in sustainability requires:
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One approved course in environmental science
Plus a minimum of 12 credit hours selected from the following, provided those courses are not in the major field of study. Courses can only be applied to one area. The College of Arts and Sciences requires a minimum of nine credit hours of upper-division courses in all programs of study.
An approved course in the economic and public policy aspects of sustainability
An approved course in the social and ethics dimensions of sustainability
An approved course in sustainability and natural resource management
A capstone experience in sustainability satisfied by completing
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