The environmental sustainability major/minor is an interdisciplinary program focused on three foundations: natural and mathematical sciences, social sciences, and economics and communication.
Meredith's program is one of the first in North Carolina to focus on sustainability in an interdisciplinary way.The flexible nature of the environmental sustainability major at Meredith College allows students to tailor a program that fits their professional career interests. Students take liberal arts courses, such as environmental politics, ethics, and economics, in addition to science and math classes, and participate in a research or internship experience. As a result, they are prepared for a wide array of career options.
Students may choose to double major in environmental sustainability and a more disciplined-centered major. The program also gives students numerous choices in electives, allowing them to simultaneously work toward their career goals in other disciplines such as education, engineering, business and design. And, students engage in their studies within a campus environment that is focused on issues of sustainability.
Graduates of the program will:
- understand the balance of scientific, social, political and economic aspects of environmental sustainability;
- integrate the knowledge and skills from different disciplines and apply this interdisciplinary understanding to issues of sustainability;
- think critically about existing assumptions, information quality and data interpretation when identifying and addressing problems related to sustainability;
- communicate effectively with people from diverse perspectives and facilitate collaborative relationships to accomplish goals;
- use creativity to develop sustainable solutions to environmental problems; and
- act adaptively to apply interdisciplinary knowledge and skills to the workplace and community.
For more information
Program Coordinator: Dr. Erin Lindquist