The Sustainability major at Ramapo College equips students to apply a systems approach to address complex ecological, economic and social problems in ways that transcend the conventional disciplinary mindset. Increasingly, businesses, governmental agencies, non-profits, media and community groups recognize the need for individuals with expertise in a systems approach to the triple bottom line that integrates society, ecology and economy. The Sustainability major combines theory with projects and experiential learning to provide students with depth in Sustainability thinking and practice, which can be applied to any field.
Students who complete the Sustainability major are equipped to apply integrative skill sets to their careers in ways that promote social, economic and ecological well-being. The major also empowers students to incorporate civic engagement, social justice and personal transformation into their lives.
The BA in Sustainability consists of thirteen courses – 52 credits (up to 56 credits for students who take one of the science-based Disciplinary Clusters). Three Foundational Courses focus on sustainability from socio-cultural, business, and ecological perspectives, which lead to a writing intensive Integrative Seminar in Sustainability. Students also take two required core courses and choose two out of five electives within the major that ground students in the practice of sustainability by focusing on themes such as leadership, methods in sustainability, environmental policy, environmental literature, environmental law, and climate change, as well as areas such as food, water and energy. For students to gain depth in a particular area of interest where sustainability may be applied, three courses are drawn from one of the following Disciplinary Clusters: Environmental Science, (Business) Management, Law and Society, Environmental Studies, Earth Science, Food Studies, Sociology, Psychology, Contemplative Studies, and Philosophy.
The two fourth-year capstone courses focus on independent student projects that highlight practice-based, process-oriented approaches to address the pressing social, ecological and economic issues.
Students are encouraged to use their nine free electives to also complete a minor or, in some cases with one or two summer or winter courses, a second major. (Talk to your advisor about this possibility early in your first year.)