The interdisciplinary minor in sustainable development and the environment examines whether transnational corporations can be both competitive and responsible by pursuing a strategy of sustainable development. The minor includes a set of courses that examine carefully the concept of sustainable development in an increasingly global economy. These courses are based on the premise that sustainable development means reconciling the need for economic growth, particularly in developing nations, with the need to protect both natural resources and the quality of life.
This minor will appeal primarily to students majoring in environmental studies or international business, but it will be available to other students as well. It includes a prescribed sequence of academic courses in conjunction with opportunities for practical applications of course theory through field study practica.
Students who complete this minor will gain an understanding of:
Twenty-eight (28) semester hours are required: four (4) core courses, worth four (4) semester hours each and two (2) seminar/practicum courses worth six (6) semester hours each.
Seminar/practicum courses serve as case studies in sustainable development. Each is comprised of a semester-length seminar followed by a study-abroad practicum. All are focused on Latin America and the Caribbean, areas that serve as representative case studies to illustrate a wide range of issues in sustainable development. Two (2) courses with field study component are required.