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Put your passion for protecting and preserving the planet into action.

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Be More Than an Environmental Activist — Become an Environmental Leader

Take on the most urgent environmental challenges from the moment you step on campus and learn how to turn your interest in sustainability into a career that provides a better future for the following generations. With a Sustainability Studies major from Graceland University, you’ll learn skills that will help you make a difference in the world and prepare you for a variety of graduate and professional degree programs.

Offerings
Major
Field of Study
Humanities
Format
Lamoni Campus
Curriculum
  • BA Degree – Sustainability Studies Major

    The Sustainability Studies program at Graceland combines classes in humanities, science and math, social sciences, business and the arts to prepare students for a range of careers in the sustainability field. It is also rooted in Graceland’s essential education curriculum, which makes it easy to add a double major or explore other academic interests.

    Core course requirements 31 s.h.

    6 s.h. of electives from the following list. Minimum 3 s.h. need to be upper division.

    Internship requirements 6 s.h.

    Capstone/Senior Seminar/Senior Project requirement (3 s.h.)

    Programs, including internships, will be overseen by a standing Sustainability Studies Committee with a consistent chair who serves as a point person.

    In addition to the Essential Education requirements, the interdisciplinary major in Sustainability Studies requires 43 s.h.

    Courses Offered
    • AGRI1200Sustainable International Agriculture
      AGRI1200 Sustainable International Agriculture - 3 s.h.

      Sustainable International Agriculture explores global issues, incremental and transformative steps toward sustainable agriculture, international development opportunities, current agricultural industries, educational pathways, and career options. Content includes emphasis on understanding the need for agricultural infrastructure and production, embracing sustainability, and appreciating broad-based, liberating (essential) education. ELO4 Global Learning - Sustainability

    • ARTS3240Eco Art & Ceramics
      ARTS3240 Eco Art & Ceramics - 3 s.h.

      Contemporary and traditional approaches to clay with emphasis on wheel-throwing and hand-building techniques. Exploration of sustainable production practices will also address surface decoration and responsible firing processes. Additional fee required. ELO5 Arts - Sustainability

    • BIOL1260Environmental Biology (3-0)
      BIOL1260 Environmental Biology (3-0) - 3 s.h.

      An exploration of the environment, including the normal structure and functioning of ecosystems and the human impact on these ecosystems. Current environmental issues, such as human population growth, air and water pollution, climate change, loss of biodiversity, and ecosystem degradation, will be considered. Goal 1A, ELO6 Science - Peace, ELO6 Science - Sustainability

    • BIOL3400Ecology and Conservation Biology (3-0)
      BIOL3400 Ecology and Conservation Biology (3-0) - 3 s.h.

      A study of how organisms interact with one another and with their physical environments at the physiological, population, community, and ecosystem levels. Case studies will use ecological concepts to develop conservation strategies for species, habitats, and ecosystems. Corequisite (for Biology majors): BIOL3401 Ecology and Conservation Biology Lab. Goal 6, EL06 Science - World Citizenship, ELO6 Science - Sustainability +This course is only offered every other year.

    • BIOL3401Ecology and Conservation Biology Lab (0-2)
      BIOL3401 Ecology and Conservation Biology Lab (0-2) - 1 s.h.

      Additional fee required. Corequisite (for Biology majors): BIOL3400 Ecology and Conservation Biology. Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • BUAD3200Business Ethics
      BUAD3200 Business Ethics - 3 s.h.

      An introduction to various ethical theories and their application to business situations. Students should gain greater awareness of ethical dilemmas as they occur, examine their own morals and their implications in various business settings, and become acquainted with some of the philosophical background of ethics. Goal 3E

    • CHEM1300Introduction to Environmental Chemistry with Lab
      CHEM1300 Introduction to Environmental Chemistry with Lab - 4 s.h.

      Examination of the chemical processes underlying the natural cycles of Earth including the impact anthropogenic processes and emissions have on these cycles. The course will also examine the technological innovations that have affected emissions and those innovations that have been implement to remedy environmental problems. ELO6 Science - Innovation

    • ECON1300Principles of Macroeconomics
      ECON1300 Principles of Macroeconomics - 3 s.h.

      Analysis of the fundamental principles of the American economic system, centering on price, national income, international trade and finance, fiscal policy, monetary policy, money, and banking. Prerequisite: 1 year high school algebra; geometry recommended. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - World Citizenship, ELO5 Social Science - Innovation

    • ECON1320Principles of Microeconomics
      ECON1320 Principles of Microeconomics - 3 s.h.

      Analysis of the fundamental principles of the American economic system, centering on price, production, market structures, and a survey of contemporary economic problems, e.g. sustainability. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Sustainability

    • ECON3200Public Finance
      ECON3200 Public Finance - 3 s.h.

      An examination of the taxation policies and expenditure programs of the public sector. Related topics include public goods, income distribution, and public choice theory. Prerequisite: ECON1320. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Equality, ELO5 Social Science - Equality and Peace. Offered odd years Spring. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ENGL2420Creative Writing: Fiction
      ENGL2420 Creative Writing: Fiction - 3 s.h.

      Study of fiction writing through the lens of sustainability. Investigates the maintenance of various systems that meet human needs (e.g. emotional, physical, social, environmental) through extensive fiction writing and class discussion. Emphasis on fiction as a means of self-discovery as well as an art form. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Sustainability. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ENGL2540Global Eco-Cinema
      ENGL2540 Global Eco-Cinema - 3 s.h.

      A transnational survey of films that deal with environmental issues and, more broadly, with human relationships to the nonhuman world. An examination of the impact of urbanization on rural communities, the mysterious allure of wild and uncultivated landscapes, the threat of climate change to daily life around the world, and the cinematic representation of environmental apocalypse. Explores different genres and styles, including neo-realism, eco-horror, anime, and avant-garde cinema. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Sustainability +This course is only offered every other year.

    • ENGL3260American Environmental Literature
      ENGL3260 American Environmental Literature - 3 s.h.

      What makes a work of literature "environmental"? How have humans thought about nature throughout history, and how does that intellectual and artistic history affect us today? Can works of literature help humans prevent environmental catastrophes like climate change and species extinction? We'll seek answers to these questions as we engage with fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry. We'll discuss the ways that literary and cultural forms can shape who we are, what we value, and what we imagine for the future. We'll also work to build your skills of critical reading, analytical thinking and persuasive writing, skills that will serve you in the future, in whatever environment you inhabit. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Sustainability.

    • ENGL3570Documentary Film
      ENGL3570 Documentary Film - 3 s.h.

      Explores the history, economics, and formal qualities of the “documentary tradition” in filmmaking, with a special focus on documentary films that engage issues of sustainability, broadly defined (environmental, social, and economic). Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Sustainability.

    • HIST1560United States Environmental History
      HIST1560 United States Environmental History - 3 s.h.

      An examination of the complex relationship between human society and nature from early settlements to the present in what is now the United States. Important topics include the impact of human settlement, population growth, use of land and natural resources, the effects of industrialization, and the development of the conservation and environmental movements. Goal 1B, ELO5 Histories - Sustainability.

    • MATH1380Introduction to Statistics
      MATH1380 Introduction to Statistics - 3 s.h.

      Data analysis and measures of central tendency, dispersion, and correlation. Introduction to probability. Estimation and hypothesis testing. Bivariate regression. Elementary ANOVA. Introduction to nonparametric techniques. Prerequisite: 1 year high school algebra. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math

    • MUSC1270Music and the Environment
      MUSC1270 Music and the Environment - 3 s.h.

      Examines the relationship between music and the natural world, specifically ways in which the environmental movement has shaped musical composition throughout history. Covers a broad spectrum of popular and art music genres, ranging from Beethoven to Marvin Gaye to Radiohead. Identifies connections between music spanning multiple centuries and society's concern for enjoying and protecting the environment and the resources that it provides. ELO5 Arts - Sustainability.

    • PHIL1200Environmental Ethics
      PHIL1200 Environmental Ethics - 3 s.h.

      An overview of environmental ethics, which analyzes the ethical responsibilities of human beings toward the natural world. Explores the diverse perspectives on and responses to environmental problems and analyzes the ethical underpinnings of these responses and perspectives. Goal 3E, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Sustainability

    • PSYC3360Environmental Psychology
      PSYC3360 Environmental Psychology - 3 s.h.

      Examination of the ways in which psychology impacts conservation, population, design, and sustainability issues in both natural and built environments. Interactive activity with ongoing campus sustainability programs is a feature of the course. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Sustainability. +This course is only offered every other year.

    • SOCI3100Environment and Society
      SOCI3100 Environment and Society - 3 s.h.

      Examines environmental concerns and issues such as environmental justice, wilderness preservation, sustainability, peak oil, environmental security, green consumption, conservation crime, oil spills, and fracking. Ecological hope and despair, that is, the question of emotional sustainability in the face of issues that seem beyond one's individual control, are explored throughout. Goal 1C, ELO4 Global Learning - Sustainability.

    • SUST1100Introduction to Sustainability (also BIOL1100)
      SUST1100 Introduction to Sustainability (also BIOL1100) - 3 s.h.

      An introduction to the fundamentals of sustainability and its impact on biological systems. Explores how sustainability relates to population, ecosystems, global change, energy, agriculture, water, environmental economics and policy, ethics, and cultural history. Practical approaches to this course will be tied closely to small-scale agriculture and water use with hands-on fieldwork at the campus EcoPlot. Goal 1A, ELO6 Science - Sustainability

    • SUST2100Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences
      SUST2100 Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences - 3 s.h.

      Students will learn theoretical and practical foundations related to geographic information systems and spatial analysis. Emphasis on teaching students to integrate and analyze spatial information from various sources. Includes a weekly laboratory section. Prerequisite: MATH1380.

    • SUST3700On-Campus Internship
      SUST3700 On-Campus Internship - 3 s.h.

      An internship program that connects students to campus initiatives that focus on sustainable practices. Potential internship areas might include campus engagement, air and climate, buildings, energy, food and dining, purchasing, transportation, waste, and water. Supervised and facilitated by the sustainability coordinator and developed in conjunction with the interests of the student. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis) Prerequisites: major in Sustainability Studies, junior/senior status, and instructor's consent.

    • SUST4300Off-Campus Internship
      SUST4300 Off-Campus Internship - 3 s.h.

      An internship that allows students to work with professionals in career areas relating to the field of Sustainability Studies (including the private, public, and nonprofit sectors). Placements will be supervised by the sustainability coordinator and developed in conjunction with the interests of the student. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis) Prerequisites: major in Sustainability Studies, junior/senior status, and instructor's consent.

    • SUST4700Senior Capstone Project
      SUST4700 Senior Capstone Project - 3 s.h.

      Planning, preparing, and presenting a senior project in the student's area of concentration. Prerequisites: major in Sustainability Studies, junior/senior status.

    AGRI1200Sustainable International Agriculture ARTS3240Eco Art & Ceramics BIOL1260Environmental Biology (3-0) BIOL3400Ecology and Conservation Biology (3-0) BIOL3401Ecology and Conservation Biology Lab (0-2) BUAD3200Business Ethics CHEM1300Introduction to Environmental Chemistry with Lab ECON1300Principles of Macroeconomics ECON1320Principles of Microeconomics ECON3200Public Finance ENGL2420Creative Writing: Fiction ENGL2540Global Eco-Cinema ENGL3260American Environmental Literature ENGL3570Documentary Film HIST1560United States Environmental History MATH1380Introduction to Statistics MUSC1270Music and the Environment PHIL1200Environmental Ethics PSYC3360Environmental Psychology SOCI3100Environment and Society SUST1100Introduction to Sustainability (also BIOL1100) SUST2100Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences SUST3700On-Campus Internship SUST4300Off-Campus Internship SUST4700Senior Capstone Project
    Course Descriptions
    AGRI1200 Sustainable International Agriculture - 3 s.h.

    Sustainable International Agriculture explores global issues, incremental and transformative steps toward sustainable agriculture, international development opportunities, current agricultural industries, educational pathways, and career options. Content includes emphasis on understanding the need for agricultural infrastructure and production, embracing sustainability, and appreciating broad-based, liberating (essential) education. ELO4 Global Learning - Sustainability

    ARTS3240 Eco Art & Ceramics - 3 s.h.

    Contemporary and traditional approaches to clay with emphasis on wheel-throwing and hand-building techniques. Exploration of sustainable production practices will also address surface decoration and responsible firing processes. Additional fee required. ELO5 Arts - Sustainability

    BIOL1260 Environmental Biology (3-0) - 3 s.h.

    An exploration of the environment, including the normal structure and functioning of ecosystems and the human impact on these ecosystems. Current environmental issues, such as human population growth, air and water pollution, climate change, loss of biodiversity, and ecosystem degradation, will be considered. Goal 1A, ELO6 Science - Peace, ELO6 Science - Sustainability

    BIOL3400 Ecology and Conservation Biology (3-0) - 3 s.h.

    A study of how organisms interact with one another and with their physical environments at the physiological, population, community, and ecosystem levels. Case studies will use ecological concepts to develop conservation strategies for species, habitats, and ecosystems. Corequisite (for Biology majors): BIOL3401 Ecology and Conservation Biology Lab. Goal 6, EL06 Science - World Citizenship, ELO6 Science - Sustainability +This course is only offered every other year.

    BIOL3401 Ecology and Conservation Biology Lab (0-2) - 1 s.h.

    Additional fee required. Corequisite (for Biology majors): BIOL3400 Ecology and Conservation Biology. Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent. +This course is only offered every other year.

    BUAD3200 Business Ethics - 3 s.h.

    An introduction to various ethical theories and their application to business situations. Students should gain greater awareness of ethical dilemmas as they occur, examine their own morals and their implications in various business settings, and become acquainted with some of the philosophical background of ethics. Goal 3E

    CHEM1300 Introduction to Environmental Chemistry with Lab - 4 s.h.

    Examination of the chemical processes underlying the natural cycles of Earth including the impact anthropogenic processes and emissions have on these cycles. The course will also examine the technological innovations that have affected emissions and those innovations that have been implement to remedy environmental problems. ELO6 Science - Innovation

    ECON1300 Principles of Macroeconomics - 3 s.h.

    Analysis of the fundamental principles of the American economic system, centering on price, national income, international trade and finance, fiscal policy, monetary policy, money, and banking. Prerequisite: 1 year high school algebra; geometry recommended. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - World Citizenship, ELO5 Social Science - Innovation

    ECON1320 Principles of Microeconomics - 3 s.h.

    Analysis of the fundamental principles of the American economic system, centering on price, production, market structures, and a survey of contemporary economic problems, e.g. sustainability. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Sustainability

    ECON3200 Public Finance - 3 s.h.

    An examination of the taxation policies and expenditure programs of the public sector. Related topics include public goods, income distribution, and public choice theory. Prerequisite: ECON1320. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Equality, ELO5 Social Science - Equality and Peace. Offered odd years Spring. +This course is only offered every other year.

    ENGL2420 Creative Writing: Fiction - 3 s.h.

    Study of fiction writing through the lens of sustainability. Investigates the maintenance of various systems that meet human needs (e.g. emotional, physical, social, environmental) through extensive fiction writing and class discussion. Emphasis on fiction as a means of self-discovery as well as an art form. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Sustainability. +This course is only offered every other year.

    ENGL2540 Global Eco-Cinema - 3 s.h.

    A transnational survey of films that deal with environmental issues and, more broadly, with human relationships to the nonhuman world. An examination of the impact of urbanization on rural communities, the mysterious allure of wild and uncultivated landscapes, the threat of climate change to daily life around the world, and the cinematic representation of environmental apocalypse. Explores different genres and styles, including neo-realism, eco-horror, anime, and avant-garde cinema. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Sustainability +This course is only offered every other year.

    ENGL3260 American Environmental Literature - 3 s.h.

    What makes a work of literature "environmental"? How have humans thought about nature throughout history, and how does that intellectual and artistic history affect us today? Can works of literature help humans prevent environmental catastrophes like climate change and species extinction? We'll seek answers to these questions as we engage with fiction, nonfiction, drama, and poetry. We'll discuss the ways that literary and cultural forms can shape who we are, what we value, and what we imagine for the future. We'll also work to build your skills of critical reading, analytical thinking and persuasive writing, skills that will serve you in the future, in whatever environment you inhabit. Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Sustainability.

    ENGL3570 Documentary Film - 3 s.h.

    Explores the history, economics, and formal qualities of the “documentary tradition” in filmmaking, with a special focus on documentary films that engage issues of sustainability, broadly defined (environmental, social, and economic). Goal 2B, ELO5 Humanities - Sustainability.

    HIST1560 United States Environmental History - 3 s.h.

    An examination of the complex relationship between human society and nature from early settlements to the present in what is now the United States. Important topics include the impact of human settlement, population growth, use of land and natural resources, the effects of industrialization, and the development of the conservation and environmental movements. Goal 1B, ELO5 Histories - Sustainability.

    MATH1380 Introduction to Statistics - 3 s.h.

    Data analysis and measures of central tendency, dispersion, and correlation. Introduction to probability. Estimation and hypothesis testing. Bivariate regression. Elementary ANOVA. Introduction to nonparametric techniques. Prerequisite: 1 year high school algebra. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math

    MUSC1270 Music and the Environment - 3 s.h.

    Examines the relationship between music and the natural world, specifically ways in which the environmental movement has shaped musical composition throughout history. Covers a broad spectrum of popular and art music genres, ranging from Beethoven to Marvin Gaye to Radiohead. Identifies connections between music spanning multiple centuries and society's concern for enjoying and protecting the environment and the resources that it provides. ELO5 Arts - Sustainability.

    PHIL1200 Environmental Ethics - 3 s.h.

    An overview of environmental ethics, which analyzes the ethical responsibilities of human beings toward the natural world. Explores the diverse perspectives on and responses to environmental problems and analyzes the ethical underpinnings of these responses and perspectives. Goal 3E, ELO3 Ethical Thinking and Action - Sustainability

    PSYC3360 Environmental Psychology - 3 s.h.

    Examination of the ways in which psychology impacts conservation, population, design, and sustainability issues in both natural and built environments. Interactive activity with ongoing campus sustainability programs is a feature of the course. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Sustainability. +This course is only offered every other year.

    SOCI3100 Environment and Society - 3 s.h.

    Examines environmental concerns and issues such as environmental justice, wilderness preservation, sustainability, peak oil, environmental security, green consumption, conservation crime, oil spills, and fracking. Ecological hope and despair, that is, the question of emotional sustainability in the face of issues that seem beyond one's individual control, are explored throughout. Goal 1C, ELO4 Global Learning - Sustainability.

    SUST1100 Introduction to Sustainability (also BIOL1100) - 3 s.h.

    An introduction to the fundamentals of sustainability and its impact on biological systems. Explores how sustainability relates to population, ecosystems, global change, energy, agriculture, water, environmental economics and policy, ethics, and cultural history. Practical approaches to this course will be tied closely to small-scale agriculture and water use with hands-on fieldwork at the campus EcoPlot. Goal 1A, ELO6 Science - Sustainability

    SUST2100 Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences - 3 s.h.

    Students will learn theoretical and practical foundations related to geographic information systems and spatial analysis. Emphasis on teaching students to integrate and analyze spatial information from various sources. Includes a weekly laboratory section. Prerequisite: MATH1380.

    SUST3700 On-Campus Internship - 3 s.h.

    An internship program that connects students to campus initiatives that focus on sustainable practices. Potential internship areas might include campus engagement, air and climate, buildings, energy, food and dining, purchasing, transportation, waste, and water. Supervised and facilitated by the sustainability coordinator and developed in conjunction with the interests of the student. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis) Prerequisites: major in Sustainability Studies, junior/senior status, and instructor's consent.

    SUST4300 Off-Campus Internship - 3 s.h.

    An internship that allows students to work with professionals in career areas relating to the field of Sustainability Studies (including the private, public, and nonprofit sectors). Placements will be supervised by the sustainability coordinator and developed in conjunction with the interests of the student. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis) Prerequisites: major in Sustainability Studies, junior/senior status, and instructor's consent.

    SUST4700 Senior Capstone Project - 3 s.h.

    Planning, preparing, and presenting a senior project in the student's area of concentration. Prerequisites: major in Sustainability Studies, junior/senior status.

  • Course list - Sustainability
    Courses Offered
    • SUST1100Introduction to Sustainability (also BIOL1100)
      SUST1100 Introduction to Sustainability (also BIOL1100) - 3 s.h.

      An introduction to the fundamentals of sustainability and its impact on biological systems. Explores how sustainability relates to population, ecosystems, global change, energy, agriculture, water, environmental economics and policy, ethics, and cultural history. Practical approaches to this course will be tied closely to small-scale agriculture and water use with hands-on fieldwork at the campus EcoPlot. Goal 1A, ELO6 Science - Sustainability

    • SUST1900Topics in Sustainability
      SUST1900 Topics in Sustainability - 0-3 s.h.
    • SUST2100Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences
      SUST2100 Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences - 3 s.h.

      Students will learn theoretical and practical foundations related to geographic information systems and spatial analysis. Emphasis on teaching students to integrate and analyze spatial information from various sources. Includes a weekly laboratory section. Prerequisite: MATH1380.

    • SUST2900Topics in Sustainability
      SUST2900 Topics in Sustainability - 0-3 s.h.
    • SUST3700On-Campus Internship
      SUST3700 On-Campus Internship - 3 s.h.

      An internship program that connects students to campus initiatives that focus on sustainable practices. Potential internship areas might include campus engagement, air and climate, buildings, energy, food and dining, purchasing, transportation, waste, and water. Supervised and facilitated by the sustainability coordinator and developed in conjunction with the interests of the student. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis) Prerequisites: major in Sustainability Studies, junior/senior status, and instructor's consent.

    • SUST4300Off-Campus Internship
      SUST4300 Off-Campus Internship - 3 s.h.

      An internship that allows students to work with professionals in career areas relating to the field of Sustainability Studies (including the private, public, and nonprofit sectors). Placements will be supervised by the sustainability coordinator and developed in conjunction with the interests of the student. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis) Prerequisites: major in Sustainability Studies, junior/senior status, and instructor's consent.

    • SUST4700Senior Capstone Project
      SUST4700 Senior Capstone Project - 3 s.h.

      Planning, preparing, and presenting a senior project in the student's area of concentration. Prerequisites: major in Sustainability Studies, junior/senior status.

    SUST1100Introduction to Sustainability (also BIOL1100) SUST1900Topics in Sustainability SUST2100Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences SUST2900Topics in Sustainability SUST3700On-Campus Internship SUST4300Off-Campus Internship SUST4700Senior Capstone Project
    Course Descriptions
    SUST1100 Introduction to Sustainability (also BIOL1100) - 3 s.h.

    An introduction to the fundamentals of sustainability and its impact on biological systems. Explores how sustainability relates to population, ecosystems, global change, energy, agriculture, water, environmental economics and policy, ethics, and cultural history. Practical approaches to this course will be tied closely to small-scale agriculture and water use with hands-on fieldwork at the campus EcoPlot. Goal 1A, ELO6 Science - Sustainability

    SUST1900 Topics in Sustainability - 0-3 s.h.
    SUST2100 Introduction to Geographic Information Sciences - 3 s.h.

    Students will learn theoretical and practical foundations related to geographic information systems and spatial analysis. Emphasis on teaching students to integrate and analyze spatial information from various sources. Includes a weekly laboratory section. Prerequisite: MATH1380.

    SUST2900 Topics in Sustainability - 0-3 s.h.
    SUST3700 On-Campus Internship - 3 s.h.

    An internship program that connects students to campus initiatives that focus on sustainable practices. Potential internship areas might include campus engagement, air and climate, buildings, energy, food and dining, purchasing, transportation, waste, and water. Supervised and facilitated by the sustainability coordinator and developed in conjunction with the interests of the student. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis) Prerequisites: major in Sustainability Studies, junior/senior status, and instructor's consent.

    SUST4300 Off-Campus Internship - 3 s.h.

    An internship that allows students to work with professionals in career areas relating to the field of Sustainability Studies (including the private, public, and nonprofit sectors). Placements will be supervised by the sustainability coordinator and developed in conjunction with the interests of the student. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis) Prerequisites: major in Sustainability Studies, junior/senior status, and instructor's consent.

    SUST4700 Senior Capstone Project - 3 s.h.

    Planning, preparing, and presenting a senior project in the student's area of concentration. Prerequisites: major in Sustainability Studies, junior/senior status.

Division of Humanities Faculty

The Sustainability Studies program is led by our incredible Division of Humanities faculty.

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Careers in Sustainability

The growth career opportunities in the sustainability field are quickly outpacing many other industries and offer a wide breadth of choices in the private, public and nonprofit sectors.

  • Private Sector: 
    Sustainability Consultants,
    Environmental Technicians,
    GIS Specialists;
  • Public Sector: 
    Environmental Policy Analysis,
    Urban Planning,
    Environmental Law;
  • Nonprofit Sector: 
    Environmental Education,
    Environmental Advocacy,
    Fundraising
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Hands-On Learning

We believe the best way to learn is through experience and provide active opportunities for students to learn firsthand about sustainability through beekeeping, gardening and our community bike share program and food symposium. We also have student-led initiatives such as our Sustainable Table community meal program which helps build a more sustainable future for Graceland and the surrounding community.

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Tuition & Aid

An education from Graceland is one of the greatest investments you can make but we understand that cost is often a concern. See our direct undergraduate tuition costs, room and board and other student fees and use our tuition calculator to get an estimate of what your cost will be. Find out how what a sample Graceland financial aid award package looks like.

ExpenseAnnual CostSemester Cost
Tuition$31,250$15,625
Room (based on a two-person room)$3,770$1,885
Board$6,040$3,020
Activity Fee $370$185
University Technology Fee$300$150
TOTAL DIRECT COSTS$41,730$20,865
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