The Critical Need for Inter-Connected Solutions

Why Study Sustainability?

Questions regarding environmental sustainability are among the most important facing humankind. Environmental sustainability is receiving great attention in the media, government, science, and international planning circles. The challenges surrounding environmental sustainability do not arise from singular causes, nor can solutions be developed based upon a narrow disciplinary framework. Instead, the study of environmental sustainability requires a multidisciplinary perspective in order to identify and understand problems, and develop and implement meaningful solutions.

Holistic approaches to sustainability practices in our daily living require a workforce that understands the various perspectives that address a broad optimistic framework. Students who complete this minor will demonstrate a command of the language, structure and skills of multiple, relevant disciplines, and will be better prepared to take leadership in this complex, challenging field.

The UCD College of Liberal Arts & Sciences has created the Minor in Sustainability to provide students with the cross-disciplinary knowledge and skills in this critically important area. The minor draws on the expertise and experience of an interdisciplinary faculty group working in a wide array of research that will help students develop a comprehensive base of knowledge and marketable skills.