New Degree in Sustainability Studies
Indiana University South Bend is now offering a bachelor of art degree in Sustainability Studies. The degree program is designed to introduce students to the basic concepts of sustainability, offer a wide variety of ways to practice sustainability, and give them hands-on experience that will prepare them for jobs in the emerging green economy. The curriculum includes internships, opportunities for research, and a seamless transition from the classroom to the workplace or graduate school.
“Sustainability is a new and fast-growing area of study,” said IU South Bend Chancellor Terry L. Allison. “It will attract students and employers who need this type of expertise.” Studies show that businesses and institutions are aware of the benefits of sustainability in the marketplace and the increasing environmental issues and policies they are facing. A recent article in the MIT Sloan Management Review stated that two-thirds of companies surveyed said sustainability was a necessity to remain competitive in today’s market.
The degree also builds on the reputation IU South Bend has as a leader in sustainability education in the region. The Center for a Sustainable Future was created in 2008 and is a valuable resource for environment-related information, training and community service. Plus, IU South Bend has offered a minor in Sustainability since 2010. “This program is different because it examines the relationships between environment, economy and society,” said Mike Keen, director of the Center for a Sustainable Future.
Keen was named the inaugural Chancellor’s Professor by Chancellor Allison and in that role is dedicated to recruiting students for the degree he proposed. “We have carefully designed this degree to offer our students a seamless classroom to career experience,” Keen said. “Though it we will educate, engage, and empower our students to help create a sustainable future right here in Michiana. Once graduated, students will be prepared to help our region take its rightful place as a leader of sustainable community and economic development in the newly emerging green economy.”
In addition to offering students the ability to enter, re-enter or move-up in the workforce, the degree has a track that will prepare students for graduate school.
One thing that distinguishes the IU South Bend program is its strong interdisciplinary academic base. It is rooted in the liberal arts and sciences, but also with strong components from business and economics. The B.A. requires a total of 120 credit hours and every student must participate in at least one field experience that includes applied, hands-on learning.
For more information contact Mike Keen at firstname.lastname@example.org