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Global Pathways to Sustainability - Diversity & Community Studies

Graduate Certificate: Global Pathways to Sustainability

The Global Pathways to Sustainability (GPS) Graduate Certificate prepares professionals working in organizations and institutions to understand complex environmental and social problems and to apply community-based solutions. The certificate offers a multidisciplinary study of the environmental, social, and policy dimensions of sustainability.

The GPS certificate requires two core courses and four electives, for a total of 15 credit hours. Courses may be taken in any order, but students are encouraged to take the core courses as soon as possible in the certificate program. Electives must include at least one course from three of the following categories. Additional electives may be approved in consultation with the advisor.

Two 3-hour core courses (6 hours)

1) SUST 512 Foundations of Sustainability
2) SUST 514 Environmental Justice & Public Spaces

Three 3-hour electives (must select at least one from each of three categories):

1) Social and Human Impact

     a. GWS 575 Gender, Justice & Sustainability
     b. SRSC 515 Utopias, Dystopias, & Intentional Communities
     c. SRSC 525 Place & the Problem of Healing
     d. GERO 581 Global Aging

2) Environment, Health, & Business Sustainability

     a. BA 545 Survey of Business Sustainability Issues
     b. BA 546 Sustainable Business Operations
     c. BA 547 Sustainability, Innovation, & Entrepreneurship
     d. ENVE 560 Investigating and Evaluating Environmental Issues
     e. PH 584 Principles of Environmental Health
     f. GEOG 474G Environmental Planning

3) Policy and Practice

     a. SRSC 520 Community-based Research
     b. SWRK 678 Environmental Justice: Theory, Policy, & Practice
     c. SUST 517 Sustainable Places
     d. SUST 518 Organizational Change for Sustainability

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Course Rotation

Summer 2017 


BA 547—Sustainability Inn & Ent., with D. Cosby

An examination of the impact of sustainability on global forces that are restructuring the world economy and driving opportunities for related new entrepreneurial ventures in that context.

PH 584—Principles of Environmental Health, with J. Nelms

A study of the traditional, emerging and controversial issues associated with environmental health. Biological, chemical and physical threats to human health are included.

SUST 512 – Foundations of Sustainability, with J. All

Examination of the social, economic, and environmental principles of sustainability, with a focus on case studies at both local and global levels.

SWRK 678—Environmental Justice, with G. Mallinger

Examines the relationship between environmental practice and social inequity, with grounding in relevant theories, policies, practice and evaluation of micro, mezzo, and macro intervention.


Fall 2017 

BA 545: Survey of Business Sustainability Issues, with D. Cosby (Web)

Prerequisite(s): Graduate Student standing with the University. Survey course exploring the definition of and key issues concerning business sustainability. Provides overview of regulations regarding issues of sustainability as applied to business organizations. Introduces international standards and other global issues of sustainability which affect businesses. Explores compliance approaches, important metrics and best practices businesses use in addressing sustainability issues. Discussion of political, environmental, other pressures surrounding these issues especially as related to current and future standards, regulations, and best business practices. Corporate social responsibility.

PH 584: Principles of Environmental Health, with R. Taylor (On-Campus)

Prerequisite(s): Admission to the MPH program or permission of instructor. A study of the traditional, emerging and controversial issues associated with environmental health. Biological, chemical and physical threats to human health are included.

SRSC 520 Community-Based Research, with M. Kerby (Web)

The study of and training in community-based participatory action research across different disciplines, focusing on shared perspectives that apply sustainable, community-based problem solving.

SUST 514: Environmental Justice & Public Spaces, Instructor TBA (Web)

An examination of environmental justice and place, including historical movements and case studies of the uses and misuses of public space and resources.


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