Overall Rating Silver - expired
Overall Score 55.60
Liaison Jane Stewart
Submission Date March 6, 2020

STARS v2.2

Washington and Lee University
AC-2: Learning Outcomes

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 0.97 / 8.00 Kimberly Hodge
Director of Sustainability Initiatives and Education
Student Affairs
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Has the institution adopted one or more sustainability learning outcomes that apply to the entire student body or, at minimum, to the institution's predominant student body?:

Which of the following best describes the sustainability learning outcomes?:

A list of the institution level sustainability learning outcomes:

Every student has to have a set of Foundation and Distribution Requirements (FDRs). One of these FDRs is a Social Science requirement, which necessitates that students take at least 6 credits in 2 different areas.

Learning about human behavior, both individually and collectively, and the social structures that have developed historically and regionally is the goal of the requirement in social science. Courses in anthropology, economics, politics, psychology, sociology, or other departments or interdepartmental programs may fulfill this requirement. In social science courses, students:

-acquire knowledge about human beings and their economic, political, and social institutions;
-employ the analytical skills and methods of one or more of the social sciences; and
-acquire knowledge and techniques to discuss and evaluate a variety of topics and problems in the social sciences.

Students taking courses in the social sciences will

-apply theories to social phenomena;
-apply quantitative and/or qualitative reasoning skills to solve problems posed in these disciplines;
-generate potentially testable explanations of social phenomena;
-evaluate the arguments of other scholars using logic and evidence; and
-communicate arguments about or analysis of social phenomena.

A student must complete satisfactorily at least six credits chosen from the following, which must include courses from at least two of the following five areas.

Economics 100, 101, 102 ; Environmental Studies 202
LJS 101 , 230 , 232 ; All Politics courses below the 400 level except POL 245, 246, 268
Cognitive and Behavioral Science 113, 114, 213, 214, 215, 223, 296, 300; Sociology & Anthropology 266
Classics 338; Economics 246, 286; Religion 220, 222, 246; Sociology & Anthropology 101, 102, 180 (when approved), 181 (when approved), 202, 206, 207, 225, 228, 230 (HIST 230), 238 (HIST 238), 240, 245 (POL 245), 246 (POL 246), 250, 252, 253 (POV 253), 261, 263, 265, 268 (POL 268), 270, 277 , 278, 280, 281, 286, 288, 290 (when approved), 291 (when approved),
Education 200, 230, Journalism 180 (when approved); Poverty & Human Capability 296 (when approved); Sociology & Anthropology 267, 269


Total number of graduates from degree programs:

Number of graduates from degree programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:

A brief description of how the figure above was determined:

All information provided here can be found in the 2018-2019 University Fact Book:

The degree programs listed below have been identified as a sustainability-focused program.

A list of degree programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:

Environmental Studies program major
Environmental Studies program minor
Shepherd Poverty Studies minor

Documentation supporting the figure reported above (upload):

Do the figures reported above cover one, two, or three academic years?:

Percentage of students who graduate from programs that require an understanding of the concept of sustainability:

Website URL where information about the sustainability learning outcomes is available:

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