SUST Course Initiative

OSI is excited to announce that the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies will be administering the SUST course designation process in support of their Sustainability Minor beginning in March 2018! 

In Spring 2016, the Office of Sustainability Initiatives launched the SUST Course Designation Initiative.  This initiative created a SUST course designation at the University of St. Thomas to designate courses across disciplines that integrate a significant sustainability component (economic, social, and/or ecological dimensions of interconnections between human and environmental well-being).  St. Thomas faculty from across disciplines were invited to apply to designate their courses as a SUST course.  By Spring 2018, OSI designated almost 100 courses across 30 different disciplines as SUST courses!   

This SUST designation allowed students and academic advisors to find sustainability-related courses that fulfill general education requirements, major and minor course requirements, and electives requirements. 

SUST courses now form the basis for the new Sustainability Minor, housed in the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies!  OSI is pleased that the SUST Course Designation Initiative has facilitated the creation of this new SUST minor.

Please visit the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies' website for SUST course listings and SUST course designation information.  For questions or more information about the SUST Course Designation application, please contact Dr. David Kelley, Chair of the Department of Geography and Environmental Studies. 

OSI's criteria for the SUST Course Designation included:

  • Course introduces students to sustainability concepts (ecological, social, and/or economic dimensions);
  • Students apply knowledge and methods of the course to engage with sustainability issues;
  • Course learning goals are linked to or support one or more of the following competencies: thinking critically about environmental problems and solutions, solving problems by applying concepts and principles, communicating effectively about sustainability; and
  • Grading gives weight to sustainability related reflection or integrated assignments.