Sustainability Minor

Maryville now offers a new and exciting program of study,
a Minor in Sustainability and Environmental Stewardship.


This minor focuses on experiential learning, interdisciplinary approaches, and community outreach. It  can be combined with any major at Maryville, and can provide you with both  a place to engage with issues you deeply care about and give you an advantage in finding a job after college. If you are interested in pursuing this minor, see Dr. Kyra Krakos for more information.

Requirements for the Minor

This minor requires a minimum of 8 courses. Four of these courses are fundamental courses, listed below. You need to take all four of these classes, in any order. At least four other classes need to be chosen from the list of electives in the table below.

Fundamental Courses (4 courses, 12 credits)

SUST 101: Introduction to Sustainability (3 credits)—Introduces students to the theories, principles, and strategies concerning the challenges of living with greater environmental responsibility. Explores ideas and issues relating to sustainability within related disciplines including ethics, economics, natural sciences, and social sciences.

SUST 150: Sustainability Exploration Seminar (3 credits)—St. Louis-centered seminar introduces  new students to local aspects of sustainability, including visits to places such as city gardens, green spaces, landfills, etc. highlighting the connections between environmental and social justice concerns.

SUST 201: Environmental Science and Health (3 Credits)—An introduction to the ecological principles that underlie environmental science and natural resource conservation. Students examine the environment as the context for human activities; discussion of the human effects on ecosystems.

HUM 211: Nature and Humanity (3 Credits)—This course explores philosophical, literary, religious, and political conceptualizations of the relationship between the human and the non-human world. It includes topics such as animal rights, deep ecology, the notion of wilderness, environmental justice, and environmental stewardship. The class also studies the history and goals of the global environmental movement. Furthermore, it introduces students to the traditions of American nature writing.

Electives (at least 4 of the courses below, 12-16 credits)

SUST 375 Strategies in Sustainability (3 credits)
SUST 399 Center for Sustainability Internship (3 credits)
BIOL 216 & 216L Plants and People (3 credits)
BIOL 231 Conversations Biology (3 credits)
BIOL 316 General Microbiology (3 credits)
BIOL 352 & 352L General Ecology (3 credits)
LEGL 460 Environmental Law and Policy (3 credits)
ENGL 223H Landscape in American Lit/Art (Bascom Honors Program – 4 credits)
ENGL/PHIL 455 Lit/Phil of Environment (3 credits)
HUM 303 A Missouri Sampler (3 credits)
SOC 206H Issues in Global Society (Bascom Honors Program – 4 credits)
SOC 381 Urban Sociology (3 credits)
HIST 315 History of American Indians (3 credits)
HIST 325 Topics in Environmental History (3 credits)
PSCI 215 Introduction to Public Policy (3 credits)
COMM 223 Professional and Organizational Communication (3 credits)
COMM 251 Principles of Public Relations (3 credits)
ADAH 337 Geographic Information Systems (3 credits)
ADID 324 Issues in Sustainable Design (3 credits)
ADID 497 Universal Design (3 credits)

Courses not listed here may also be eligible as electives. See Dr. Krakos for approval of other classes.

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