Overall Rating Gold
Overall Score 69.06
Liaison Margaret Bounds
Submission Date June 18, 2021

STARS v2.2

Connecticut College
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

Status Score Responsible Party
3.00 / 3.00 Doug Thompson
Faculty Director of Sustainability
Office of Sustainability
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Does the institution offer at least one ​sustainability-focused​ major, degree, or certificate program for undergraduate students?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate degree program:
Environmental Studies

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program:

Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary program that combines natural science and social science. It examines local, regional, national, and international environmental problems in a holistic manner. Coursework and learning goals require students to approach environmental issues from range of disciplines and perspectives including social and economic. Introductory courses and other courses in the major explicitly use a holistic sustainability framework. There are two tracks to the major, the Natural Science Track and the Social Science Track.


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Name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (2nd program):
Goodwin-Niering Center for the Environment Certificate Program in Environmental Sustainability

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program (2nd program):

The mission of the Center is to foster an understanding of biological diversity, the integrity of natural ecosystems and other fundamental environmental issues both in the College community and in the public sphere. Its programs foster an understanding of the interaction between people and ecosystems, including political, social and economic factors that influence natural resource use by different cultures worldwide. The selective Certificate Program in Environmental Sustainability is for students from any major who are seeking a rigorous, academically challenging experience that combines an independent environmental research project with a relevant internship.


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Does the institution offer one or more sustainability-focused minors or concentrations for undergraduate students?:
Yes

Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor or concentration:
Environmental Studies Minor

A brief description of the undergraduate minor or concentration:

Environmental Studies is an interdisciplinary program that combines natural science and social science. It examines local, regional, national, and international environmental problems in a holistic manner. The minor in Environmental Studies consists of a minimum of six courses. At least four of the courses for the minor must be at or above the 200 level and four must be listed under the Environmental Studies course offerings.


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Name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor or concentration (2nd program):
Social Justice and Sustainability Integrative Pathway

A brief description of the undergraduate minor or concentration (2nd program):

The Social Justice and Sustainability Pathway is one of several integrative pathways available to students at Connecticut College. Every Pathway is organized around a central theme, in relation to which students will consider an animating question that provides a focus for their work. Over three years in this Pathway, students craft new approaches to a more sustainable world for the benefit of all, as they become increasingly aware of how asymmetries of power and privilege operate on a daily basis.This Pathway brings together social justice and sustainability – approaches that have often been distinct. Social justice is necessary to sustain institutions, societies, and our planet over the long term. Likewise, social justice benefits from including the sustainability framework; by which long-lasting solutions to local and global challenges are developed through understanding the connections among social equity, environmental stewardship, and economic well-being and including these in decision-making and planning processes. Over three years in this Pathway, students craft new approaches to a more sustainable world for the benefit of all, as they become increasingly aware of how asymmetries of power and privilege operate on a daily basis. Students, staff and faculty become active agents in the transformation of our world through critical and collective citizenship.


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