This BA in Sustainability requires thirteen courses (52 credits), including a three course (12 credit) concentration chosen from one of some select disciplines outside of the Major. So, of the thirteen courses, ten courses will be in the field of Sustainability while three courses will draw from foundational courses in a select array of majors across the College (these have been negotiated in advance), which will ground students in foundational knowledge in a disciplinary field of their choice. Of the ten Sustainability courses, eight courses will provide students a grounded understanding of Sustainability as a trans-disciplinary field, drawing on courses from the School of Business, the School of Theoretical and Applied Sciences and the School of Social Science and Human Services. The additional two courses are capstone courses, which will showcase trans-disciplinary engagement with some particular pressing social, ecological and economic issues of our time, at the global, national and local levels.
Put differently, a student in this major will take three foundational courses–grounded in the model of the Triple Bottom Line, sometimes called People, Planet and Profit–followed by an integrative Seminar course which will allow students to integrate across the three discrete foundational courses. Then students will take four “immersive” courses, which will introduce them to specific Sustainability skills–Systems Thinking for Sustainability, Policy Perspectives In Sustainability, Methods of Inquiry in Sustainability, and Change Leadership for Sustainability. After completing these eight courses, students will engage with one of a select set of three disciplinary courses outside this Major. Then students will return to the major and complete two capstone courses, the first an Advanced Seminar, in which they will work to integrate across the previously acquired sustainability knowledge and the subsequently gleaned disciplinary content, in some way that helps them zero in on their own individual capstone course, which they will then carry into the ultimate Capstone course, to complete the program.
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BLS data: Most recent information (from May 2016) indicates that there are 1,023,900 employed nationally in the SOC grouping 13-1199 (Business Operations Specialist). There is no specific data for the sub code .05 (Sustainability Specialist).
Vocational Consultants have estimated that there are probably 341,300 jobs in the Energy and Sustainability subgroupings. The projected growth from 2016-2026 in the subgrouping are probably in the neighborhood of 9%.
There are an estimated 30,400 employed in this grouping in the Bergen County metropolitan statistical area (known as the New York-Jersey City-White Plains, NY-NJ Metropolitan Division which covers the large geographical area of Bergen, Hudson, Middlesex, Monmouth, Ocean, and Passaic Counties NJ; Bronx, Kings, New York, Orange, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, and Westchester Counties, NY).
- Sustainability Specialist
- Environmental Specialist
- Healthcare Sustainability Specialist
- Corporate Governance and Sustainability Specialist
- Sustainability Education Coordinator
- Sustainability Forester
- Sustainability and Social Responsibility Specialist
- Sustainability Coordinator
- Sustainability Strategist
- Product Stewardship and Environmental Specialist
- Sustainability Analyst