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Stephen F. Austin State University

Academics

Sustainable Community Development

The Bachelor of Arts in Sustainable Community Development is designed to prepare students for careers assisting communities in the adoption of practices that promote sustainable practices. Sustainable community development involves balancing economic prosperity, environmental stewardship and social well-being, also referred to as the "triple bottom line." While many university programs in sustainability focus on application of new technologies or design standards, this program emphasizes sustainability through the humanities and social sciences.

The curriculum covers a broad range of courses offered by various departments within the College of Liberal and Applied Arts, while also providing valuable hands-on experience through junior or senior-year internships. The interdisciplinary and internship aspects of the program are unique, helping students become adaptable and employable citizens, able to work and communicate across subject areas. The U.S. government predicts that jobs in occupations related to sustainability should increase 52 percent by 2016, compared to only 14 percent for all other professions. Many employers are realizing a broad, interdisciplinary approach is needed in today's world of integrated economic, environmental and social values.

B.A. in Sustainable Community Development

A Bachelor of Arts degree in sustainable community development requires a 36-hour set of major core courses and a12 hour set of electives chosen from a list of courses related to sustainable communities. Courses unique to the major
include: SUS 101 Environment and Culture, SUS 450 Sustainable Community Development Capstone, and SUS 495 Internship in Sustainable Community Development.

Required Courses (36 hours):

SUS 101 Environment and Culture

GEO 220 Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

GEO 230 Cultural Geography

GEO 434 Conservation Geography

HIS 437 American Environmental History

PHI 390 Environmental Ethics

SOC 351 Globalization

SOC 357 U.S. and World Population Change

SOC 378 Methods in Social Research

SOC 447 Special Topic: Environmental Sociology

SWK 340 Organizations and Communities

SUS 450 Sustainable Community Development Capstone

12-hours (four courses) of electives from:

SUS 495 Internship in Sustainable Community Development

ANT 231 Cultural Anthropology

COM 408 Principles of Leadership

COM 435 Intercultural Communication

GEO 305 Biogeography

GEO 320 GIS Applications

GEO 439 Urban Geography

PBA 300 Introduction to Public Administration

PBA 400 Management of Public Organizations

PBA 415 Public Budgeting and Financial Administration

PSC 337 Theories of Democracy

PSC 449 Urban Affairs

SOC 379 Data Analysis

SWK 210 Introduction to Social Welfare

SWK 225 Human Behavior and Social Environments.