MC to offer new minor in sustainability studies

MC to offer new minor in sustainability studies

Feb. 16, 2015

Starting in fall 2015, Maryville College will offer a new minor in sustainability studies.

The sustainability studies minor is designed to complement any major and provides a lens into the economic, environmental and social tiers of any field of study. The minor also provides a global perspective, “all while maintaining roots in local Appalachian culture,” said Adrienne Schwarte, associate professor of design and the coordinator for the new minor.

“This minor provides the opportunity for students to pursue a major field of study and then richen it with a sustainability perspective, which will make them more sought-after in the job market as an increasing number of companies and organizations are seeking employees who are socially responsible and well-versed in sustainability principles,” Schwarte said.

 The minor in sustainability studies begins preparation for a range of careers, such as sustainability officers at colleges and universities; staff/leadership in environmental, social justice or ecological non-governmental organizations; sustainability staff for major corporations; or compliances officers in local, state, national or international governments.

Consisting of 16-17 credit hours, the minor includes three required courses, starting with SUS 101: Environmental Issues and Foundations of Sustainability, which provides an introduction to the origins and interrelationships of major contemporary environmental issues. SUS 337: Internship in Sustainability Studies is an experiential or practical experience that allows students to apply classroom knowledge in work settings. In SUS 401: Sustainability E-Portfolio, students will collect and reflect on their coursework, internship and research and develop those resources into a final electronic portfolio designed to demonstrate their skills to future employers and graduate schools.

Students must also select three additional courses, two of which must come from fields outside of the student’s major. Course topics include sustainable art processes, environmental politics, Appalachian culture and social history, ecology and evolution, social psychology, and outdoor recreation leadership, among others.      

In addition to offering courses that emphasize sustainability, Maryville College has proven its commitment to environmental sustainability and stewardship over the years:

For more information about the College’s minor in sustainability studies, please contact Schwarte at 865.981.8154 or

By Chloe Kennedy, Assistant Director of Communications

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