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Sustainability Studies. Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

What is Sustainability Studies?

Sustainability studies examine the connection between a number of factors that impact the world we live in. You'll dive into economic, environmental, and social studies as part of this program.

Sustainability Studies at Augustana

When you take sustainability studies at Augustana, you'll focus on the environment as well as economic and social sustainability. These systems are all related and required to address sustainable practices. This program will help you to work through these complex issues. You'll also learn analytical skills and build the confidence needed to promote change in the world in which we live.

Program Information

Sustainability Studies is available as a:

  • Major in the Bachelor of Arts degree program

Academic Innovations

All programs at Augustana include a wide-ranging liberal arts Core, taught within our unique “3-11” calendar

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Your insights in both the economic and environmental perspectives of sustainability gained in an undergraduate degree majoring in Sustainability Studies from Augustana make you the perfect candidate for careers like:

  • Global Change Researcher
  • Environmental Impact Ambassador
  • Heritage Interpreter
  • Resource Management
  • and many more!

Sustainability Studies AlumnUS

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Joël Gervais
Environmental Scientist

Between my experience at Augustana and summer jobs,” Joël says, “I received a broad education and practical experience. I wasn't pigeonholed into one field or task, and I got a good introduction to many environmental topics.

Course Highlights

218 - Introduction to GIS

Introduction to fundamentals and applications of Geographic Information Systems. Topics include the nature of geographic data, geo-referencing systems, geographic modelling, data collection and management, and spatial analysis. Practical applications of GIS will be emphasized with the use of appropriate computer software.


327 - Environmental Interpretation

Theory and methods of communicating environmental and heritage subject matter to a broad audience. Includes discussion of the history, theory, planning, management, implementation, and evaluation of environmental programs. The course will address a variety of personal and non-personal techniques.


334 - Field Studies

A 3-week field course that provides students an opportunity to develop skills in research and study design in the field of Environmental Science and Ecology. Students will live in a field camp to allow them to fully immerse themselves in their research projects, which could cover the range of ecology, botany, geography, environmental science and/or environmental studies. Course content also includes instruction in key aspects of conservation biology and resource management.


341 - Environmental Economics

Examination of the relationships between the economy and the environment. Emphasis is placed on the application of economic analysis to various environmental issues.


391 - Development to Globalization

Examination of some of the global processes of social change, including theoretical perspectives of development and globalization, such as modernization theory, World Systems theory and sustainable development.


More courses in the Course Catalogue: Environmental Science, Economics, Sociology


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Yasser Fahmy, PhD

Dr. Fahmy teaches in the areas of macroeconomics and monetary policy. His research interests are focused on monetary policy and international finance.

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Kierstin Hatt, PhD

Kierstin's recent courses have involved introductory sociology, social anthropology, sociology of global development, sex, gender and society, and environmental sociology.

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Glynnis Hood, PhD

Dr. Hood teaches many courses in Environmental Science. Her research areas include freshwater ecology, wildlife management, and parks and protected areas.

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Glen Hvenegaard, PhD

Dr. Hvenegaard's research interests include environmental interpretation, protected areas, ecotourism, bird biogeography, and rural sustainability.

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Greg King, PhD

Dr. King's research interests include dendrochronology, forest ecology, urban ecology and northern ecosystems.

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Varghese Manaloor, PhD

“Courses I have taught include applied microeconomics, econometrics, statistics for business and economics, environmental economics, and ethics in business and economics.”

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Tara Milbrandt, PhD

Tara teaches in the areas of sociological theory (classical, modern, and contemporary), introductory sociology, and contemporary culture (film, community).

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Geraint Osborne, PhD

Geraint's research and teaching interests are in the areas of crime, deviance and social control, political sociology, historical sociology, and qualitative methods.

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