Why Sustainability Studies
- 1In 2010, Forbes reported that pursuing a career in corporate social responsibility (CSR) and sustainability is considered to be “the best fit” for liberal arts majors, including marketing and communication majors.
- 2Pollution, global warming, and other 21st century environment-related issues the world is facing are not a secret. As a result, many companies and organizations, including eBay, Facebook, and the US State Department, are striving to implement CSR. Thus, the demand for individuals with backgrounds in Sustainability Studies is rising dramatically.
- 3According to the US Department of Labor, having a background in Sustainability Studies opens a wide array of career paths, including careers in law, planning, consulting, and management, that tend to pay well. For example, in 2010, foresters were reported to make an average salary of $57,420; urban planners were reported to make $63,040; and chief sustainability officers were reported to make $101,250.
Careers in Sustainability Studies
- Corporate Sustainability and Responsibility Manager
- Environmental Lawyer
- Green Business Executive
- Green Consultant
- Product Stewardship Manager
- Social Impact Director
- Sustainability Communication Specialist
- Sustainability Organizational Change Consultant
- Sustainability Engineer
- Sustainability Fund Manager
- Sustainability Research Analyst
- Sustainable/Organic Farmer
- Urban Planner
Why Study Sustainability Studies at Saint Joseph's College?
The Christian Humanism principles that lie at the root of SJC's nationally accredited Core Program also serve as the basis for our Sustainability Studies minor. While our students critically examine the vital components of Sustainability, including the interaction of society, economics, and the environment, our Christian Humanist approach to the minor encourages students to explore the ethics behind sustainability and mankind's obligation to the world that we inhabit. As a result, studying Sustainability at SJC has proven to be rewarding for our students on both a personal and professional level.
The Christian Humanism principles that lie at the root of SJC's nationally accredited Core Program also serve as the basis for our Sustainability Studies minor. While our students critically examine the pillars of Sustainability (Economics, Environment, and Society) our Christian Humanist approach to the minor encourages students to explore the ethics behind sustainability and mankind's obligation to the world that we inhabit. As a result, studying Sustainability at SJC has proven to be rewarding for our students on both a personal and professional level.
One of the main goals of our Sustainability Studies minor is for students to gain practical experience through community-based research, workplace experience, service learning, or traveling abroad. As a result, students who study Sustainability at SJC have numerous opportunities to gain hands-on experience. For example, students might choose to focus on sustainable food systems and assist in our Learning Garden or in our technologically advanced four-season hoophouse, where organic vegetables are planted, harvested, and donated to the Good Samaritan Food Pantry or sold to members of the community. Students might also participate in Harvest Fest, a weekly meal prepared by faculty and student volunteers using SJC and other locally grown produce. Or, students may choose to study and look for solutions to a global or local problem related to Sustainability, whether it is on campus, in the community, or in another country. Regardless of a student's research interests, there are plenty of experts to guide the learning process. That said, courses in Sustainability are not limited to students who are minoring in Sustainability Studies. All SJC students are welcome to participate in numerous opportunities to gain real-world experience and learn alongside the experts.
Dedication to Excellence
Because of SJC's dedicated faculty and staff and the College's commitment to Sustainability and stewardship, SJC's Sustainability Studies minor is a rapidly growing program that allows students to learn with new, innovative technology. For example, in 2012, SJC received $25,000 from the Ball Brothers Foundation Venture Fund to develop a "Hoophouse Farming Eduventure." Since then, our hoophouse has become a profitable business that provides healthy, organic vegetables to the Rensselaer community at affordable prices. Additionally, our faculty members received $15,000 from the Indiana Space Grant Consortium to purchase equipment and develop curriculum for students to study alongside people solving problems related to Sustainability in environmental careers. Both the College and the Sustainability Studies faculty members are committed to finding new opportunities to expand the minor and provide real-world experience.
Faculty and Class Size
The Sustainability Studies minor, while in the Earth and Space Science Department, draws from a wide range of faculty experts from all disciplines depending upon which pillar is being studied (Economics, Environment, or Society). General class sizes range from 5 to 15 students, and the experiential learning courses have fewer than 10 students.