Beyond HWS

The Sustainable Community Development Program emerged as a response to student interest and growing public recognition of the need for communities to address social, economic and ecological challenges. The Colleges, through the Finger Lakes Institute, developed the program, along with faculty, staff, and community and business leaders, to better prepare students for careers in economic development, social justice, and stewardship of the natural environment.

In 2014, four students graduated having earned a minor in the field. Currently, there are more than 20 SCD minors declared, and the program continues to grow stronger each day.

Recent HWS graduates have gone on to study in related fields like regenerative studies and urban and regional planning.

Student Profile


Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.