|Submission Date||March 3, 2023|
College of Charleston
AC-3: Undergraduate Program
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Center for Sustainable Development
Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree, or certificate program for undergraduate students?:
Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate degree program:
A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:
The Cultural Sustainability Certificate provides undergraduate students and non-degree-seeking students an opportunity to gain a deep understanding of how culture intersects with conceptualizations of sustainability. Cultural sustainability encompasses three overlapping threads: 1.) Sustaining cultural sites, artifacts, practices, and knowledge; 2.) Highlighting the role of culture in social and economic justice; and 3.) Highlighting the role of culture in environmental action.
In addition to learning about cultural sustainability, students also have opportunities to engage in real sustainability issues through internships and through research practices associated with understanding the past (e.g., archaeological research) and the present (e.g., ethnography). Students complete 18 credit hours to earn the Cultural Sustainability Certificate, comprising both required and elective courses.
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Situated in the historic Charleston urban landscape, the Urban Studies Program is a multidisciplinary major designed to provide students with the academic foundation necessary to understand and be sensitive to the benefits, management, and growth challenges of the city, its suburbs, and its coastal and outlying rural environments. Students become acquainted with approaches to the study of urbanization through one of three concentrations: Urban Planning and Administration, Sustainable Urbanism, and Urban Policy and Social Policy, with courses offered in several departments, including Political Science, History, Sociology, Historic Preservation and Community Planning, and Economics. This Bachelor of Arts degree mandates students to complete a minimum of 41 hours of coursework.
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The College's Center for Continuing and Professional Education features a certificate program in Sustainability and 21st-Century Business Solutions. The program provides students with skills to lead their business or organization through the transition to value-driven economic decisions that generate revenue while making society and the environment more equitable and sustainable.
The program is a 15-credit hour interdisciplinary experience, and includes coursework on microeconomics, project management, thinking in systems, understanding emerging economic, social, and environmental trend lines and how these will impact business practices.
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Does the institution offer one or more sustainability-focused minors or concentrations for undergraduate students?:
Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor or concentration:
A brief description of the undergraduate minor or concentration:
The mission of the interdisciplinary minor in Environmental and Sustainability Studies is to provide students with opportunities to learn more about the natural environment, the ecology of the planet and sustainability, while understanding the impact of political, social, cultural and economic activities on the environment. Students must complete 19 hours in the minor (at least nine hours at the 200 level) at the College of Charleston.
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The curricular and co-curricular experiences in this program help students to develop awareness of their leadership potential and enhance their skills in directing organizations and people in a socially responsible manner. Students participate in extracurricular events and activities specifically designed to help extend their leadership experiences as well as future opportunities.
This program allows students to gain experiences they can draw upon in job interviews, exercise their leadership skills in a low-risk environment, and network with professors, students and outside mentors. Students can choose from an array of elective courses, including Social Entrepreneurship, Ethical Communication, and Green Supply Chain Management.
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