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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


Course Rotation

Summer 2016


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.


BA 545 – Survey of Business Sustainability Issues, with B. Sullivan

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.

HIST 505 – Cultural Diversity in American History, with J. Hardin

A topical study of cultural diversity in American history and its influence on the society's social, political, and economic institutions. Designed to assist teachers in incorporating into their classes knowledge about cultural diversity.

LEAD 500 – Effective Leadership Studies, with S. Edds-Ellis

Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing or graduate application and completion of the admission process for Graduate Certificate in Leadership Studies. An in-depth investigation of the basics of effective leadership including current and historical leadership theories. Assessment of leadership styles will be a key component.

LEAD 525 – Survey of Criminal Justice, with J. Baker

Prerequisite(s): Graduate standing. Study of contemporary ethical issues facing leaders with an emphasis on examining and analyzing ethical issues for sound solutions.

SWRK 678 – Environmental Justice: Theory, Policy, & Practice, 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.


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