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Submission Date April 30, 2015
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Dickinson College
AC-3: Undergraduate Program

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Center for Sustainability Education
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Does the institution offer at least one sustainability-focused major, degree program, or the equivalent for undergraduate students?:
Yes

The name of the sustainability-focused, undergraduate degree program (1st program):
B.A. in Environmental Studies & B.S. in Environmental Science

A brief description of the undergraduate degree program (1st program):

Dickinson's environmental studies & environmental science department is remarkable for its range of activities and commitment to sustainability. Students choose to pursue either a B.S. in environmental science or a B.A. in environmental studies. In addition to fulfilling a set of core requirements, students construct a customized concentration based on a cluster of courses that fits their interests.

The environmental studies & environmental science department recognizes that solutions to the human predicament require an interdisciplinary effort. The goals of the program include providing a sound academic background and an opportunity for students to use their education through research and community engagement.


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

The name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (1st program):
Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate (SINE)

A brief description of the undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (1st program):

Dickinson’s new certificate in social innovation and entrepreneurship (SINE) is about creating pathways for student-led change in our world. The college was founded on the premise of educating leaders for our new democracy when the country was in its infancy, and the college continues this important mission of educating leaders for the future. The SINE certificate was developed to focus this effort by highlighting the critical thinking skills, creative mindset, and organizational development capabilities associated with positive change in our society and on behalf of our natural environment. The certificate builds on the college’s educational pillars of interdisciplinarity, global studies, and sustainability.


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The name of the sustainability-focused undergraduate minor, concentration or certificate (2nd program):
B.A. International Studies: Globilization & Sustainability Concentration

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

International Studies is an interdisciplinary major that seeks to help students attain a well-rounded understanding of global developments and trends and to prepare them to succeed in the globalized world of the 21st-century. In addition to core courses in international politics, history, and economics, students study a foreign language and choose an area of concentration in which they take a cluster of courses in one of three areas: a country or region of their choice, globalization and sustainability, or security studies. A distinguishing aspect of the major is the comprehensive oral examination, which students take in the last semester of the senior year.


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Educating for a sustainable society is a far-reaching and transforming initiative at Dickinson, but it is also a natural extension of the college’s long-standing mission to provide a useful education in the liberal arts.

Our graduates need a 21st-century skill set that prepares them to integrate knowledge about complex problems, learn from and adapt to changing conditions, and envision and implement sustainable solutions.

Dickinson does not offer a single distinct major or minor for sustainability, but instead offers over 100 courses across the curriculum that help students gain knowledge about sustainability concepts, problems, and solutions while building competencies and dispositions for creating a sustainable world. Over the years, these courses have been integrated throughout the Dickinson curriculum in 39 academic departments.

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