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Loyola offering new minor in environmental and sustainability studies

| By Stephanie Weaver

Starting in the 2015-2016 academic year, Loyola University Maryland is offering a new undergraduate minor in environmental and sustainability studies.

The minor was created and developed by faculty from a variety of disciplines, including biology, chemistry, communication, economics, engineering, fine arts, history, law and social responsibility, philosophy, theology, and writing. Like many other minors at Loyola, environmental and sustainability studies takes an interdisciplinary approach to pedagogy, integrating topics from multiple academic departments. Sustainability, and topics around the environment, also speak to the Loyola’s Jesuit mission.

“Environmental and sustainability studies gives students the opportunity to explore larger societal problems with unscripted answers, to prepare them for being men and women for others in a rapidly changing world,” said Bernadette Roche, Ph.D., associate professor of biology and the minor’s director. “Environmental issues are typically complex with solutions that are multidisciplinary in nature, and students with this minor will be entering a world with a great need to have as many people as possible working on mitigation and adaptation to human-caused environmental degradation.”

Three new courses—one in philosophy and two in theology—were created to coincide with the minor: Environmental Philosophy (a Messina course), Christian Environmental Ethics, and Justice, Peace, and the Integrity of Creation. Additional new courses will be developed in the future. These courses will fit the elective requirement for the minor.

The requirements for the minor are:

  • One introductory course (Global Environment or Environmental Biology), which also counts as a natural science core course.
  • Five electives from any academic area; however, no more than three of the five electives may come from the same academic area of study.
  • A capstone experiential course in the form of either a research project or internship.

The minor is available to all students in any major or area of study, and prepares students for a variety of careers.

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