Sustainability Studies @ RPI - Minor

Sustainability Studies focuses on the interactions between various systems - social, political, cultural, economic, technological and ecological - that undergird environmental sustainability. The Department of Science and Technology Studies at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute now offers an undergraduate minor in Sustainability Studies, in which students can learn to anticipate and identify these interactions and to think creatively about how interlinked systems work and can be transformed.

The minor is open to students pursuing degrees across campus, including those in engineering, the sciences, arts and humanities, architecture, and management. Courses applied to the Sustainability Studies minor focus on the human dimensions of environmental problems. They emphasize the importance of interdisciplinary expertise and collaboration to understand how different forms of knowledge can contribute to environmental solutions. Class projects and research opportunities provide students with the opportunity to cultivate their analytic and communication skills and to develop their ability to design workable and fair sustainability programs.

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The minor in Sustainability Studies requires 4 courses (16 credits):

One 1000-level course, such as

  • Sustainability Debates
  • Environment and Politics
  • Politics of the Global Environment
  • Nature/Society
  • Science, Technology and Society

One 2000-level course, such as

  • Environment and Society
  • A Century of Environmental Thought

Two 4000-level courses, such as

  • 21st Century Risks
  • Environmental Philosophy
  • Environmental Politics and Policy
  • Environment and Development
  • Globalization and Development
  • Food, Farms, & Famine
  • Sustainability Problems
  • Public Service Internship
  • Topics Courses in Sustainability (with STSS/STSH 496x course numbers)


Latest News

Sustainability Courses for Fall Term >>

Check out the Fall 2011 course offerings here.

Minor in Sustainability Studies now offered >>

Rensselaer’s STS Department now offers an undergraduate minor in Sustainability Studies.

STS opens Sustainability Entre- preneurship >>

With support from Rensselaer's Office of E*ntrepreneurship, the STS Dept. has launched a new website for Sustainability Entrepreneurship.