Sustainability Studies - Minor

The sustainability studies minor is an interdisciplinary program that teaches students creative methods that can be used to interrogate, understand, and solve real-life business, social, and environmental problems. Through the lens of design thinking, students will build a solid understanding of principles, processes, and applications of sustainability and innovation, which can be applied to a wide range of disciplines. For this minor, 19-20 credits are required, with at least 8 being unique to the minor.

This  minor is offered in the College for Women only.


Required courses
INDI 2222Building a Sustainable World2
MRCH 3100Global Sourcing4
MRCH 4400Sustainable Product Development4
Electives: Select 9-10 credits fom lists below 19-10
Natural Science
The Mississippi River
Environmental Biology with Lab
Economics and Political Science
Economics of Social Issues
Environmental Economics and Policy
Challenging Oppressions, Civic Engagement and Change
Social Movements-Social Change
Building a Creative Life: Context and Content
Ways of Seeing
Literary Themes
ENGL 3490
Topics in Language Studies: Endangered Languages
Environmental Ethics
Health and Nutrition
Current Issues in Foods and Nutrition
Environmental Health
HIST 2994/3994
Topics: Panda Diplomacy: International Relations and Conservation History in China
Business and Fashion
Apparel Construction and Analysis
Sociocultural Aspects of Dress
Leadership and Influence
LEAD 2992
Topics: Leading through Creativity and Innovation
Design Thinking for Innovation 2
Omnichannel Retail
Total Credits19-20

Students are advised to check course prerequisites prior to selecting the courses they will take for this interdisciplinary minor.


The MBA course may be applied to minor requirements if the student is admitted to the program that allows seniors to take MBA courses. See the MBA section of the University's Graduate Catalog for details. Note: the MBA class is worth three credits.