Announcing the New Sustainability Studies Minor

On behalf of the Environmental Studies Committee, I am pleased to announce that, effective June 1, we will become the Sustainability Studies Committee and a new Sustainability Studies Minor will replace the Environmental Studies Minor. To find out more about the new program, please go to our description of the Sustainability Studies Minor. Below are answers to some other questions you may have.

I hope you will contact me or my co-chair, Don Conway-Long, with any questions.


Karla Armbruster
Professor, English
Co-Chair, Environmental Studies Committee

What Is Sustainability Studies?

The field of sustainability studies takes an interdisciplinary approach to what may be the defining challenge of the twenty-first century: how to transform human societies to meet everyone’s needs while preserving the natural environment upon which we all rely. While environmental studies has always recognized the major role that social and economic factors play in environmental problems and solutions, sustainability studies brings a new emphasis to the complex interconnections between ecological health, economic welfare, and social justice, understanding that problems in one area cannot be solved without attention to the other two. Sustainability studies is also profoundly future-oriented, always returning to the touchstone of how to move towards a world where both human and natural systems are not only healthy but also can be maintained that way indefinitely.

What Are the Requirements for the New Sustainability Studies Minor?

Please see the description of the new minor.

Which Courses Will Be Available in Fall 2012?

Please see our list of fall sustainability studies courses.

Will the Environmental Studies Minor Still Be Available?

Students who have declared the environmental studies minor before June 1, 2012, will be able to complete it.

The new minor in sustainability studies will be available to Webster students in the 2012-2013 academic year (which begins in June 2012).