Curriculum & Research
Housed in the Liberal Studies Program in the College of Humanities, the goal of the sustainability curriculum is to broadly educate students about the fundamental concepts of sustainability including economic, environmental, and social aspects. The minor is designed to supplement education in other disciplines and to generate an understanding of the considerations necessary to make decisions in a world where resources are limited. The G.E. path in the Principles of Sustainability provides a coordinated focus for students interested in understanding about sustainability decision making while fulfilling their G.E. requirements.
All sustainability curriculum are housed in the College of Humanities, and advising is hosted by the Liberal Studies in Education Room 100. Students interested in meeting with an advisor to discuss the minor can call (818)677-3100 directly to schedule an appointment.
Faculty and prospective faculty who are interested in teaching courses related to the sustainability minor, please contact the Liberal Studies Program at (818) 677-3300 for more information. Their office is located in the Education Administration building, room 100.
For information regarding CSUN’s Liberal Studies program, please visit their website.
A Climate Science Program was developed in collaboration with the Department of Mathematics. The study of global climate change has emerged as one of the most pressing and important scientific disciplines of the present era.
Faculty Incentive Program for Sustainability Education
Faculty and prospective faculty who are interested in teaching courses related to the sustainability minor, please contact the Liberal Studies Program at (818) 677-3300 for more information.
A Graduate Program in Sustainability has been approved by the university and is currently under development. Please continue to check the website for updates.
Liberal Studies Sustainability Track
The Liberal Studies department offers a sustainability track that was started in Fall 2013. It is an interdisciplinary major with a balance of studies in the language arts, natural sciences, mathematics, social sciences, humanities, visual arts, and performing arts.
Principles of Sustainability GE Path
The goal of this path is to broadly educate students about the fundamental concepts of sustainability. It is designed to educate and to provide knowledge of the considerations necessary to make decisions in a world where resources are limited.
Sustainability Knowledge Assessment
To assess the sustainability literacy of students at California State University, Northridge (CSUN), we administered a modified version of the Assessment of Sustainability Knowledge (ASK) to 2,993 students in 60 courses over 5 semesters.
A Undergraduate Minor in Sustainability offers a broad education in sustainability for many disciplines. Core courses educate students in sustainability issues and practices, and teach students about the economic, environmental and social factors considered in making decisions.
Sustainability Related Courses
Sustainability courses can provide valuable grounding in the concepts and principles of sustainability, help build knowledge about a component of sustainability, or introduce students to sustainability concepts.