The Major is composed of three components: (1) three core "Theories" courses, (2) three core "Methods/Tools" courses; and (3) at least two "Terrains" courses. The remaining units can be chosen from approved topics across the Theories, Tools, and Terrains. A model four-year plan is shown below.
Note: Terrains are directed-study courses or courses based on case studies. This model four-year plan does not include College core requirements, electives, a second major or minor adding to 32 units for graduation.
1/4 unit Introduction to Sustainability (UVSQ, THEORY)
Selection from: (1 unit) Introductory courses in Political Science (PLSC) or Anthropology (ANTH)—recommended
1 unit ENVN 102: Introduction to the Environment (THEORY)
1 unit PLSC 216: Public Policy Analysis or ANTH 375: Global Transformations (THEORY)
1 unit Valuation and Evaluation (UVSQ, TOOL)
ECON 101: Principles of Microeconomics—recommended
1 unit GEOL 111: Geography and Geographic Information Systems (TOOL)
ENVN 220: Economics, Politics, and Environmental Policy (TOOL)
SEMESTER ABROAD @ UVSQ 3-4 units
French culture (NCR) Time and Uncertainty (UVSQ, THEORY) NTICS and the Environment (UVSQ, THEORY) 2 TERRAINS (UVSQ) with or without projects
1 unit Environmental humanities course: (could be taken at any time during the student's four years at Albion) ENGL 206: Writing in Place (101 prerequisite or permission of instructor) ENGL 238: Terrorists & Tree Huggers ENGL 354: Idea of Nature HIST 337: Environmental History PHIL 206: Contemporary Moral Problems PHIL 301: Environmental Ethics ARTH 315: Earth Art and the Environment or approved substitute
1 unit Topics in Eco-innovation (UVSQ, TOOL)
1 unit Experiential requirement: Thesis Research experience
The requirements for the major in sustainability studies are as follows:
9.75 to 10.75 units of course work including the following:
ENVN 100 (.25 unit, theory), 102 (one unit, theory), 220 (one unit, tool), 230 (.75 unit, tool), 430 (.75 unit, tool); Political Science 216 or Anthropology 375 (one unit, theory), Geology 111 (one unit, tool)
UVSQ Study Abroad: Time and Uncertainty (.75 unit, theory)
UVSQ Study Abroad: NTICs and the Environment (.75 unit, tool)
UVSQ Study Abroad: Selected terrains (.75 unit/each with a project; a list of terrains offered at the UVSQ is available in the Center for Sustainability and the Environment and the Office of the Registrar)
One unit selected from the following: English 206, 238, 354; History 337; Philosophy 301; Art History 315 or an approved substitute. In some cases, courses may require prerequisites, class standing, or permission of the instructor. Please discuss these options with your adviser.
Selection from one approved opportunity for experiential or topical learning (up to one unit).
Honors Program or Departmental Honors Thesis
Directed study or additional terrain through Albion College
ENVN 201, 206
Prior to taking more advanced courses in political science or anthropology and economics, students should consider taking the following courses (although these are not required): Political Science 101 or Anthropology 105, and Economics 101. Students with some facility in French should take the French language proficiency test. French language courses are excellent options for students considering international studies or careers in sustainability. The language of instruction at the UVSQ in this program is English.
Arrangements for the semester of study abroad at the UVSQ are made jointly through the Center for Sustainability and the Environment and the Albion College Center for International Education.
Gerstacker Students Koaches, Merritt Named All-America Scholars in Men's Golf
Albion College placed Brent Koaches (left) and Scott Merritt on the list of NCAA Division III Cleveland Golf/Srixon All-America Scholars. Merritt graduated earlier in May after majoring in economics and management with a Gerstacker Institute concentration. Koaches, an E&M major with an emphasis in accounting as well as a Gerstacker concentration, completed his junior year at Albion.
Twenty-three golfers from D-III gained the honor and Albion was the lone Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association program to produce All-America Scholars.
“Scott and Brent set an example for everyone else on the roster,” Albion coach Jordan Rich said.
The major in sustainability studies at Albion College is a joint venture between Albion College and the University of Versailles Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines (UVSQ), in France. UVSQ is located less than a half hour from Paris and is among the top research universities in the world. This collaboration offers an opportunity for Albion students to participate in an international, interdisciplinary program that is grounded in the social sciences and designed for students who are engaged in today's and tomorrow's sustainability challenges.
Courses in the curriculum are categorized as theories, tools, and terrains. Theories include the framing concepts and scientific principles of sustainability studies, while tools are the methods of analysis and communication. Terrains are specific fields of sustainability challenges, using the theories and tools that students will have already mastered.
Through this integration students are invited to explore, on the one hand, the relationships between the economy, lifestyle, and politics and, on the other hand, the physical environment, natural resource use, pollution, climate change, and biodiversity loss. In this way, the interdisciplinary and international character of the major in sustainability studies complements the disciplinary foundations of traditional degree programs.
Study Sustainability Abroad
The major in sustainability studies is obtained by following a four-year program of study offered on a collaborative basis through the UVSQ/Albion partnership. During the first, second, and fourth years of study, courses are offered through UVSQ and Albion College, on the Albion campus, while the third year includes a semester of study abroad at UVSQ.
During the semester abroad, students in the program will complete upper-level courses in both theory and tools categories, as well as preparing research papers in selected terrains (case studies and specialized topics). They will be introduced to European culture and the European ethos of sustainability, and visiting international collaborations.
After successfully completing the major in sustainability studies, and upon graduation from Albion College, students will receive the B.A. in sustainability studies from Albion College along with a certificate of sustainability studies from UVSQ. They will also be eligible to enter the second year master's program at UVSQ (taught in English) in sustainability studies.