In addition to University Requirements:
- 30 units of Community Development and Sustainability specialization requirements
- Completion of a Concentration, Minor, or Certificate
- Completion of Computer Literacy, Communication Skills, and Science or Language Requirements
- Up to 9 units of specialization prefix courses may be used to satisfy Liberal Studies requirements; these same courses may also be used to satisfy specialization requirements.
- Elective courses, if needed, to reach an overall total of at least 120 units
Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.
|Minimum Units for Completion
|Emphasis, Minor, Certificate
|Some online/blended coursework
|Progression Plan Link
The Community Development and Sustainability major seeks to produce students that have the knowledge and skills that will enable them to make a positive contribution to society during this critical period of sustainability transition. They will have the skills to be effective social change agents, able to help humankind undertake the transition to sustainability with intelligence, understanding, and creativity, by protecting the natural environment while advancing the cause of social and environmental justice. The CDSY Program will therefore:
Student Learning Outcomes
- Provide an education that recognizes the assets of our students, and focuses these passions and talents in formulating holistic solutions to create a sustainable world
- Develop and model ecological systems thinking and critical thinking as the basis for understanding society and the environment.
- Provide a supportive community for intellectual inquiry, applied/service learning, and practical skills development at both the personal and collective levels
- Synthesize personal transformation, leadership and policy-making skills, eco-literacy, and the building of alternatives into strategies and practices that lead to a more just and sustainable world.
- Interdisciplinary: The ability to study, synthesize, and integrate interdisciplinary knowledge and research methodologies when evaluating or seeking solutions to environmental issues.
- Knowledge: Students will be well grounded in fundamental knowledge within the natural and social sciences that are relevant to global environmental change, sustainability and community development. These may include, but are not limited to; environmental biology, geography, meteorology, politics and press, social change and social systems, current Issues in sustainability, environmental and social justice, community development, sustainable economics, sustainable energy, sustainable technologies, ethics, mathematics and statistics, human behavior. Individual students may find themselves drawn toward either environmental science or social science approaches to addressing sustainability issues. Whereas all students will develop knowledge and skills in both fields, the program is structured to allow students to explore either approach.
- Critical thinking skills: Students will have the ability to analyze, interpret, and synthesize information from a wide variety of sources; evaluate the relevance, accuracy and validity of information, empirical evidence, and theoretical arguments, and to solve challenging problems and arrive at well-reasoned conclusions.
- Research: Students will acquire the ability to develop research papers that spans global, national, regional and local scales, articulate a thesis, employ relevant quantitative and qualitative methods, understand the strengths and limitations of various research methods, evaluate and interpret case studies and research results, document and effectively use a variety of sources, communicate information and make conclusions.
- Communication: Students will have the ability to express facts and ideas in a variety of written and oral formats, to organize and present evidence-based ideas, to communicate scientific understanding, and to write and speak clearly, precisely, and cohesively.
- Applied Learning Experience: Students will gain hands on experience of key sustainability and community development concepts from every core CDSY course, as well as through CDSY campus and community outreach, education and service projects, internships, and field trips. In the process, they will gain the ability to synthesize and integrate the knowledge and skills obtained through their coursework into a coherent framework and project, in preparation for professional life after graduation.