“Sustainable Environment” is one of the University’s eight emphasis areas for economic development, and is notable because of the University’s academic strength in the field and a related industry presence in the state. Clemson students may choose from dozens of sustainability-related courses in various majors and minors, including the newly established interdisciplinary sustainability minor. By including it as an emphasis area and being a signatory of the Presidents’ Climate Commitment, Clemson has been committed to making sustainability an integral part of the curriculum and other educational experiences for all students.
To ensure that sustainability is both addressed specifically and is integrated across the curriculum, the Sustainability Plan education action items were implemented:
- Implement a series of major-specific courses that address sustainability concepts within the context of Clemson’s fields of study
- Include sustainability as a theme in Science, Technology and Society courses
- Expand and highlight opportunities to integrate sustainability into other courses or to develop new sustainability-focused courses, concentrating on first and second-year courses that reach a broad audience
- Support faculty who incorporate sustainability in their courses
- Offer incentive funding for revising courses to include sustainability
- Continue and expand Office of Teaching Effectiveness and Innovation workshops in “teaching sustainability across the disciplines”
- Offer a faculty support network through a new or rechartered center or institute that will focus on sustainable education.
The sustainability minor, which is open to all majors, is one of the first of its kind. The program is designed to familiarize students with the core values of sustainability, and gain an in-depth knowledge of why and how sustainability is approached.
If you are interested in minoring in sustainability, speak with your advisor or contact Jennifer Goree: email@example.com
View the Sustainability Minor Flipbook for more information.
A minor in Sustainability requires 18 credits(1), distributed as follows:
- 3 credits of CU 2010(2), Sustainability Leadership
- 3 credits of approved(3) engagement activities (e.g., Creative Inquiry, study abroad, independent research, co-ops, capstone projects) that focus on sustainability issues.”
- 12 credits of courses focused on sustainability issues selected from the following list of over 100 courses(4). Click here to download the list.
- At least 9 credits must be at the 3000-level or higher.
- At least 3 and no more than 9 credits must be from the social dimension of sustainability (indicated by a *).
1. Approved and will appear in the 2015 catalog.
2. Contact Jennifer Goree with any questions.
3. Engagement activities will be approved by CU 2010 instructors if they meet learning objectives for the minor.
4. Other courses may be submitted, through CU 2010 instructors, for approval for inclusion on this list
Flow of the Minor
CU 2010, Sustainability Leadership, is intended as the first course students will take in the minor(5). The course includes brief coverage of the student learning outcomes listed below. As part of this course, students work with the instructors to select learning objectives from this list and use these learning objectives to develop their plan for completing the minor. As part of this plan, students will choose 12 credits from the approved list of existing courses. Students will also identify at least 3-credits of engagement activities(6).”
5. Students are encouraged to take CU 2010 early in their studies, but may seek approval for courses taken prior to enrolling in CU 2010.
6. An approved list of learning objectives, courses, and engagement activities will be maintained and students/faculty can submit new courses and projects for approval by showing how they meet specific learning objectives. This flexibility is critical due to the constant additions of courses and engagement activities related to sustainability.
To obtain the student engagement credits, students should discuss their planned activities with CU 2010 instructors, including providing a one-page bulleted list of how these activities will meet some of the student learning outcomes for the sustainability minor. Then, students should e-mail a completed Clemson course substitution form to Jennifer Goree. The form should indicate which credits are being used for the engagement activities and be submitted along with the previously mentioned bulleted list.
Student Learning Outcomes
Scales of sustainability:
- Define sustainability in 3 dimensions (environmental, social, economic)
- Apply sustainability concepts on local and global scales
- Integrate sustainability study and practice into the surrounding community
- Evaluate the history of development through mercantilism, imperialism, capitalism
- Assess the long term cultural and environmental impacts that shape our world today
Fundamental issues of sustainability:
- Evaluate current and potential future impacts of sustainability issues including: Global climate and climate change; Food; Energy; Water; Environmental Degradation
- Evaluate how sustainability impacts social and intergenerational justice
Systems thinking for sustainability:
- Understand basic principles of systems thinking
- Evaluate the role of their major in sustainability issues
- Recognize interrelated systems
Evaluate tools for implementing/measuring sustainability:
- Evaluate the costs and benefits of sustainability (see that it is not always more expensive)
- Perform a Life cycle analysis and assessment
- Measure impacts of point source pollution prevention; and cradle-to-cradle and lean manufacturing
Change agents for sustainability:
- Practice change agent skills for sustainability
- Practice group processes
- Identify and address the root of problems, even when it seems to go against the status quo or social norms
- Apply a new or changed mindset to your personal life
- Approved and will appear in the 2014 catalog
- This required foundation course will be offered in the spring semester. Contact Jennifer Goree, firstname.lastname@example.org, with any questions.
- Other courses may be submitted, through CU 2010 instructors, for approval for inclusion on this list.
- Engagement activities will be approved by CU 2010 instructors if they meet learning objectives for the minor.
- Students are encouraged to take CU 2010 early in their studies, but may seek approval for courses taken prior to enrolling in CU 2010.
- An approved list of learning objectives, courses, and engagement activities will be maintained and students/faculty can submit new courses and projects for approval by showing how they meet specific learning objectives. This flexibility is critical due to the constant additions of courses and engagement activities related to sustainability.
Sustainable Cities of Scandinavia
Summer Study Abroad in Sweden: An Interdisciplinary Program for Undergraduate and Graduate students
Undergraduate students will earn 6 credit hours of general education credit that also counts toward the Interdisciplinary Minor in Sustainability during the 5-week undergraduate program.
Graduate students will earn 3 hours of graduate credit during the 10-12 day graduate program.
Students will live in Kalmar, Sweden, an 800-year-old city by the Baltic Sea and will visit four of the greenest cities in the world.
Cities visited will include: Kalmar, Vaxjo, Oland, Smaland, Stockholm, and Copenhagen
Contact Lori Dickes at email@example.com for more information.