Course Requirements for the Sustainability Minor
Components of a minor:
- A minimum of 18 credits.
- Twelve credits of the 18
required must be from the 200-level or above.
- A grade point average
of 2.0 or above must be earned in the minor courses.
may not be taken on a pass-fail basis.
courses from the minor may be used to satisfy the general education requirements;
the minor may include courses from the student's major department, but
these may not count as major requirements.
- Half of the credits must
be earned at URI
Additional components of the Sustainability Minor:
- Select from a
series of synthesis courses which focus on principles of sustainability (3
- Complete an internship which includes hands-on sustainability
experience on campus or in the community. Course can include research,
service learning, and/or leadership. (Minimum of 3
credits; internship course can be repeated for up to 6 credits)
- Select elective courses from the
approved list of courses with at least one each in the three general areas
of economics, social equity and the environment.
- Complete a capstone course
(3 credits - may be satisfied in tandem with an internship)
- Core courses listing
- Internship – Students
may elect to take an internship offered from within a given major. Some
majors have generic internship courses in which students may seek approval
for from 3-6 credits (e.g. Communication Studies; others would need to
use the Office of Internships & Experiential Education to arrange for
an appropriate internship of from 3-12 credits, only 3 of which would be
required for the minor. Approval of the internship activity to fulfill
requirements of the minor would require approval by the Sustainability
- 9 credits of courses, one from each of the three areas (environment;
social equity; economics)
- Capstone Course – This course will require
submission of a brief proposal in which students describe the intended
work and how it relates to sustainability, the associated course and the
faculty sponsor. The faculty member may well be simply signing off on a
course that s/he teaches as part of a regular workload or may be agreeing
to sponsor the student’s
work in a special studies arrangement, which could be an add-on to the
internship or stand alone. The Sustainability Minor Coordinator would then
need to approve the proposed capstone course. The Sustainability Minor
Committee will be consulted on the appropriateness of capstone courses
when outside the pre-approved list, internships and the addition of any
new courses to the minor.
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