Sustainable Development (BA/BS)

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

1. Critical Analysis: Students will identify and critically analyze the social, environmental, and economic dimensions of sustainability.

  • 1.1 Students will apply skills of inquiry, including college-level research, in the analysis of sustainability issues.
  • 1.2 Students will communicate standpoints effectively through writing and speaking about issues of sustainability.
  • 1.3 Students will define and discuss the idea and practice of sustainability.
  • 1.4 Students will explain and evaluate current challenges to sustainability, including modern world social, environmental, and economic structures and crises.
  • 1.5 Students will identify and analyze individual, local, and global dimensions of social, environmental, and economic responsibility.

2. Integrative Thinking. Students will develop a capacity for integrative thinking and practice.

  • 2.1 Students will collaborate with other students, faculty, professionals, or others with varied experience and perspectives through group projects, collaborative research, and internships.
  • 2.2 Students will examine contemporary globalization in terms of sustainability.
  • 2.3 Students will evaluate sustainability issues and solutions using a holistic approach that focuses on complex human-environment systems.
  • 2.4 Students will integrate knowledge from multiple sources and perspectives to understand social justice, environmental, and economic dimensions of sustainability.
  • 2.5 Students will practice integrative scholarship in written and oral forms.

3. Praxis: Students will integrate theory, practice, and reflection in the pursuit of a more sustainable world.

  • 3.1 Students will develop an informed ethical perspective on issues of sustainability.
  • 3.2 Students will apply theoretical frameworks to real world sustainability issues.
  • 3.3 Students will evaluate the importance of civic responsibility in the development of sustainable communities.
  • 3.4 Students will participate in activities that promote sustainability in individual, local, or global contexts.
  • 3.5 Students will practice community engagement.