Overview

The Intercollege Minor in Sustainability Leadership has been designed for students who wish to promote environmental, social, and economic sustainability in their personal and professional lives. Administered by a University-wide faculty committee, the program provides an opportunity for students in any academic major to develop key competencies that will be the foundation for their growth as sustainability leaders in their civic and professional endeavors. Students cultivate these sustainability leadership competencies in the context of thematic tracks that allow them to focus on particular topics within sustainability studies. The competencies cut across all thematic tracks so that all students in the minor will develop capabilities in: systems thinking; application of sustainability concepts, metrics and analysis; ethics; self-knowledge and leadership; change agency; and collaboration. While these competencies are developed in the context of a specific thematic track, they are transferrable to numerous settings and problems, and graduates of the Sustainability Leadership program will be able to apply them to ethical, social, business and civic issues that they encounter after leaving the University.

All students in the minor are required to take the introductory course, Foundations of Leadership in Sustainability (SUST 200). Within each thematic track, students select 12 credits related to the chosen theme in sustainability leadership. These must include three credits of approved leadership coursework (scholarly explorations of leadership concepts related to the chosen theme) and three credits that offer an immersive experience in sustainability (that is, an opportunity to engage, observe and learn in depth about sustainability challenges and solutions related to the student’s chosen theme). The final three credits for each student in the minor is the 400-level Sustainability Leadership Capstone experience. Capstone selection is in consultation with the student’s major advisor, the minor advisor or coordinator, and the course instructor. The capstone coursework must be relevant to the chosen theme, must have an approved capstone project that includes scholarly applied or theoretical research on a current issue in sustainability leadership, and must include a critical synthesis of the student’s minor curriculum and an articulation of its crosscutting themes.

Interested students should declare the SUSLD minor via Lionpath and select one of the tracks in the above tabs to follow. With prior approval of SUSLD faculty-in-charge Dr. Carter Hunt (cah59 [at] psu [dot] edu), other pathways to completing the minor are possible. Click here to schedule an office appointment with Dr. Hunt to discuss how the requirements of the Sustainability Leadership Minor can be fulfilled in ways that mesh with your career goals.

Requirements

18 credits

Prescribed Courses (3 credits)

SUST 200(3) (Sem: 2-6)

Additional Courses (6 credits)

Take the following 6 credits, or approved substitutions, in consultation with the minor advisor:

SUST 295 or 495, or approved substitution that provides an immersive sustainability experience (3) (Sem: 5-7)

SUST 496 or approved substitution that offers a capstone project in sustainability leadership (3) (Sem: 7-8)

Supporting and Related Course Area (9 credits)

Allowable courses in this area vary by Sustainability Leadership Thematic Track. See Specifics below.

The City Semester Pittsburgh program offers up to 9 supporting and related course credits that have been approved as supporting the minor. The credits come via the 497 Urban Sustainability course and a 495 immersive internship with a Pittsburgh community partner.

At least three credits from the Additional Courses or the Supporting Courses must be from outside the student’s major department.

See tabs above for thematic tracks requirements.

Track: Design for Sustainable Communities

Additional Courses (6 credits)

The following 6 credits, or approved substitutions, must be related to the theme of Design for Sustainable Communities:

SUST 495 or approved substitution that provides immersive sustainability experience (3) (Sem: 5-7)

SUST 496 or approved substitution that offers a capstone project in sustainability leadership (3) (Sem: 7-8)

Supporting and Related Course Area (9 credits)

(Allowable courses in this area vary by Sustainability Leadership Thematic Track. See specifics below.)

Select 6 credits from the following course list, or approved substitutions (6 credits)

C E 410W Sustainable Residential Subdivision (3)
CED 152 Community Development Concepts and Practice (3)
CED 309 Land Use Dynamics (3)
CED 409 Land Use Planning and Procedure (3)
CED 427W Society and Natural Resource (3)
ENVE 460 Environmental Law (3)
GEOG 120 (GS;US;IL) Urban Geography: A Global Perspective (3)
GEOG 429 (US;IL) Geographic Perspectives on Global Urbanization (3)
GEOG 436 Ecology, Economy, and Society (3)
GEOG 439 Property and the Global Environment (3)
LARCH 065 (GA;US;IL) Built Environment and Culture (3)
LARCH 241 Ecological Principles for Landscape (3)
LARCH 311 Design and Theory III: Regional Planning and Landscape Systems (4)
SOILS 422 Natural Resources Conservation and Community Sustainability (3)

Select one of the following leadership courses or approved substitutions, in consultation with the SUSLD advisor (3 credits)

AEE 465 Leadership Practices: Power, Influences, and Impact (3)
ARCH 412 Integrative Energy and Environmental Design (3)
CED 375H Community, Local Knowledge, and Democracy (3)
CEDEV 452 Community Structure, Processes and Capacity (3)

Interested students should declare the SUSLD minor via Lionpath and select one of the above tracks to follow. With prior approval of SUSLD faculty-in-charge Dr. Carter Hunt, other pathways to completing the minor are possible.  Click here to schedule an office appointment with Dr. Hunt to discuss how the requirements of the Sustainability Leadership Minor can be fulfilled in ways that mesh with your career goals.

Track: Educating for Sustainability

Additional Courses (6 credits)

The following 6 credits, or approved substitutions, must be related to the theme of Design for Sustainable Communities:
SUST 495 or approved substitution that provides immersive sustainability experience (3) (Sem: 5-7)
SUST 496 or approved substitution that offers a capstone project in sustainability leadership (3) (Sem: 7-8)

Supporting and Related Course Area (9 credits)

(Allowable courses in this area vary by Sustainability Leadership Thematic Track. See specifics below.)

Select 6 credits from the following course list, or approved substitutions (6 credits)

C E 410W Sustainable Residential Subdivision (3)
CED 152 Community Development Concepts and Practice (3)
CED 309 Land Use Dynamics (3)
CED 409 Land Use Planning and Procedure (3)
CED 427W Society and Natural Resource (3)
ENVE 460 Environmental Law (3)
GEOG 120 (GS;US;IL) Urban Geography: A Global Perspective (3)
GEOG 429 (US;IL) Geographic Perspectives on Global Urbanization (3)
GEOG 436 Ecology, Economy, and Society (3)
GEOG 439 Property and the Global Environment (3)
LARCH 065 (GA;US;IL) Built Environment and Culture (3)
LARCH 241 Ecological Principles for Landscape (3)
LARCH 311 Design and Theory III: Regional Planning and Landscape Systems (4)
SOILS 422 Natural Resources Conservation and Community Sustainability (3)

Select one of the following leadership courses or approved substitutions, in consultation with the SUSLD advisor (3 credits)

AEE 465 Leadership Practices: Power, Influences, and Impact (3)
ARCH 412 Integrative Energy and Environmental Design (3)
CED 375H Community, Local Knowledge, and Democracy (3)
CEDEV 452 Community Structure, Processes and Capacity (3)

Interested students should declare the SUSLD minor via Lionpath and select one of the above tracks to follow. With prior approval of SUSLD faculty-in-charge Dr. Carter Hunt, other pathways to completing the minor are possible. Click here to schedule an office appointment with Dr. Hunt to discuss how the requirements of the Sustainability Leadership Minor can be fulfilled in ways that mesh with your career goals.

Track: Humanistic Understanding of Sustainability

Additional Courses (6 credits)

The following 6 credits, or approved substitutions, must be related to the theme of Design for Sustainable Communities:
SUST 495 or approved substitution that provides immersive sustainability experience (3) (Sem: 5-7)
SUST 496 or approved substitution that offers a capstone project in sustainability leadership (3) (Sem: 7-8)

Supporting and Related Course Area (9 credits)

(Allowable courses in this area vary by Sustainability Leadership Thematic Track. See specifics below.)

Select 6 credits from the following course list, or approved substitutions (6 credits)

C E 410W Sustainable Residential Subdivision (3)
CED 152 Community Development Concepts and Practice (3)
CED 309 Land Use Dynamics (3)
CED 409 Land Use Planning and Procedure (3)
CED 427W Society and Natural Resource (3)
ENVE 460 Environmental Law (3)
GEOG 120 (GS;US;IL) Urban Geography: A Global Perspective (3)
GEOG 429 (US;IL) Geographic Perspectives on Global Urbanization (3)
GEOG 436 Ecology, Economy, and Society (3)
GEOG 439 Property and the Global Environment (3)
LARCH 065 (GA;US;IL) Built Environment and Culture (3)
LARCH 241 Ecological Principles for Landscape (3)
LARCH 311 Design and Theory III: Regional Planning and Landscape Systems (4)
SOILS 422 Natural Resources Conservation and Community Sustainability (3)

Select one of the following leadership courses or approved substitutions, in consultation with the SUSLD advisor (3 credits)

AEE 465 Leadership Practices: Power, Influences, and Impact (3)
ARCH 412 Integrative Energy and Environmental Design (3)
CED 375H Community, Local Knowledge, and Democracy (3)
CEDEV 452 Community Structure, Processes and Capacity (3)

Interested students should declare the SUSLD minor via Lionpath and select one of the above tracks to follow. With prior approval of SUSLD faculty-in-charge Dr. Carter Hunt, other pathways to completing the minor are possible. Click here to schedule an office appointment with Dr. Hunt to discuss how the requirements of the Sustainability Leadership Minor can be fulfilled in ways that mesh with your career goals.

Track: Sustainability and Food Systems

Additional Courses (6 credits)

The following 6 credits, or approved substitutions, must be related to the theme of Design for Sustainable Communities:
SUST 495 or approved substitution that provides immersive sustainability experience (3) (Sem: 5-7)
SUST 496 or approved substitution that offers a capstone project in sustainability leadership (3) (Sem: 7-8)

Supporting and Related Course Area (9 credits)

(Allowable courses in this area vary by Sustainability Leadership Thematic Track. See specifics below.)

Select 6 credits from the following course list, or approved substitutions (6 credits)

C E 410W Sustainable Residential Subdivision (3)
CED 152 Community Development Concepts and Practice (3)
CED 309 Land Use Dynamics (3)
CED 409 Land Use Planning and Procedure (3)
CED 427W Society and Natural Resource (3)
ENVE 460 Environmental Law (3)
GEOG 120 (GS;US;IL) Urban Geography: A Global Perspective (3)
GEOG 429 (US;IL) Geographic Perspectives on Global Urbanization (3)
GEOG 436 Ecology, Economy, and Society (3)
GEOG 439 Property and the Global Environment (3)
LARCH 065 (GA;US;IL) Built Environment and Culture (3)
LARCH 241 Ecological Principles for Landscape (3)
LARCH 311 Design and Theory III: Regional Planning and Landscape Systems (4)
SOILS 422 Natural Resources Conservation and Community Sustainability (3)

Select one of the following leadership courses or approved substitutions, in consultation with the SUSLD advisor (3 credits)

AEE 465 Leadership Practices: Power, Influences, and Impact (3)
ARCH 412 Integrative Energy and Environmental Design (3)
CED 375H Community, Local Knowledge, and Democracy (3)
CEDEV 452 Community Structure, Processes and Capacity (3)

Interested students should declare the SUSLD minor via Lionpath and select one of the above tracks to follow. With prior approval of SUSLD faculty-in-charge Dr. Carter Hunt, other pathways to completing the minor are possible. Click here to schedule an office appointment with Dr. Hunt to discuss how the requirements of the Sustainability Leadership Minor can be fulfilled in ways that mesh with your career goals.