Sustainable Development (BS) - Community, Regional and Global Development

Shown here are the general learning goals of the program broken down into specific student learning outcomes (SLOs). These SLOs represent what a student should be able to do as a result of successfully completing this program. Student performance on these outcomes are routinely assessed by program faculty as a way of informing programmatic improvement efforts.

Goal Outcome

GOAL I--Critical Thinking: Identify and critically analyze the social, environmental, and economic dimensions of sustainability.

  • Students will apply skills of inquiry, including college-level research, in the analysis of sustainability issues.
  • Students will communicate standpoints effectively through writing, speaking, and other forms of public discourse.
  • Students will define and discuss the idea and practice of sustainability.
  • Students will explain and evaluate current challenges to sustainability, including modern world social, environmental, and economic structures and crises.

GOAL II--Integration. Develop a capacity for integrative thinking and practice.

  • Students will collaborate with other students, faculty, professionals, or others with varied experience and perspectives through group projects, collaborative research, and internships.
  • Students will evaluate contemporary globalization in terms of sustainability.
  • Students will evaluate sustainability issues and solutions using a holistic approach that focuses on connections between complex human and natural systems.
  • Students will integrate knowledge from multiple sources and perspectives to understand environmental limits governing human societies and economies and social justice dimensions of sustainability.
  • Students will practice integrative scholarship in written, oral, and other forms of public communication.

GOAL III--Praxis: Integrate theory, practice, and reflection in the pursuit of a more sustainable world.

  • Students will apply an informed ethical perspective to sustainability issues.
  • Students will apply theoretical frameworks to sustainability issues.
  • Students will evaluate the importance of civic responsibility in sustainable communities.
  • Students will participate in activities that promote sustainability in individual, local, or global contexts.
  • Students will practice community engagement through writing, speaking, and other forms of public discourse.