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interdisciplinary, 6 courses
ENV 101; one technical writing course; one methods course; one service learning (SLC) course; one elective; and the ENV 402 capstone. A service learning course, as well as a methods course, should be completed before the capstone course. No more than two courses for the minor may be at the 100-level. Under special circumstances, other equivalent courses can be substituted for these requirements with prior approval by the SCD Chair.

Methods courses for the SCD Minor should focus on developing disciplinary- or program-specific skills applicable to community-based research and service projects. In general, these methods courses should build skills in evidence- based decision making in the sciences, social sciences or humanities. Specific skills might include, but are not limited to, survey design, statistics, ethnography, public policy analysis, design and graphic presentation, cost/benefit analysis, historical archive research, GIS, linear regression, environmental impact assessment, etc.

Introductory Course
ENV 101 Sustainable Communities

Writing Courses
WRRH 210 Introduction to Print Journalism
WRRH 221 Going Places: Travel Writing
WRRH 310 Digital Journalism: Reporting Online
WRRH 215 Rhetoric of Memory
WRRH 320 Op-Ed: Writing Political and Cultural Commentary
WRRH 325 The Science Beat
WRRH 327 Literary Journalism: The Art of Reporting and Nonfiction Narrative
WRRH 333 Digital Rhetoric and Writing with New Technologies
WRRH 345 Rhetoric of Place

Methods Courses
AMST 201 Methods of American Studies
ANTH 273 Research Methods
ARCS 200 Design Studio I
ARCS 303 Designer's Sketchbook
BIOL 212 Biostatistics
ECON 202 Statistics
ENV 203 Introduction to GIS
ENV 210 Qualitative Methods and the Community
GEO 207 Statistical Design and in the Earth and Environmental Sciences
MDSC 308 Film Editing II
POL 261 Quantitative Research Methods in Political Science
PSY 210 Statistics and Design
SOC 211 Research Methods
WMST 305 Food, Feminism, Health

Service Learning Courses
AMST 360 Art, Memory, and Cultural Power of Place
ANTH 354/454 Food, Meaning, and Voice
ARCS 305 Environmental Design, Planning and Preservation
ENV 330 Sustainability, Commodities, and Consumption
PHIL 162 Ethics of Civil Engagement
SJSP 101 Community-Based Research
SOC 290 Sociology of Community

Natural Science
BIOL 225 Ecology
BIOL 316 Conservation Biology
BIOL 320 Agroecology
ENV 200 Environmental Science
GEO 186 Introduction to Hydrogeology
GEO 210 Environmental Hydrology
PSY 227 Introduction to Social Psychology

Social Science
ANTH 211 Power, Protest, and Politics
ANTH 212 NGOs and Development
ANTH 247 Urban Anthropology
ANTH 280 Environment and Culture
ANTH 340/440 Anthropology of the Global Commons
ECON 212 Environmental Economics
ECON 240 International Trade
ECON 243 Political Economy of Race
ECON 310 Economics and Gender
ECON 331 Institutional Economics
ECON 344 Economic Development
ECON 345 Natural Resource and Energy Economics
ENV 201 Environment and Society
ENV 204 Geography of Garbage
ENV 205 Environmental Law
ENV 215 Environment and Development in East Asia
ENV 237 American Indians and Environmentalism
ENV 309 Environmental Change in the Indigenous World
ENV 320 Natural Resource Law
ENV 340 Water and Energy in China
POL 211 Visions of the City
POL 326 Urban Politics and Public Policy
SOC 223 Inequalities
SOC 242 Sociology of Business and Management
SOC 251 Sociology of the City
SOC 253 Global Cities
SOC 375 Social Policy

ARCH 311 Modern Architecture
ARCH 312 Theories of Modern Architecture and Urbanism
ARCH 313 History of Modern Landscape Architecture
ARTS 165 Introduction to Imaging
ARTS 166 Introduction to Video
EDUC 348 National Parks
ENV 202 Human Values and the Environment
ENV 245 Radical Environmentalism
ENV 333 Environmental Justice and American Literature
ENV 335 Food Justice: Literature, Art, and Activism
HIST 151 Food Systems in History
HIST 215 American Urban History
HIST 246 American Environmental History
HIST 315 Contemporary America
LGBT 101 Introduction to LGBT Studies
MDSC 200 Cultures of Advertising
MDSC 303 History of Social Documentary
MDSC 304 Media and Theory
PHIL 154 Environmental Ethics
PHIL 158 Debating Public Policy
SJSP 100 Foundations of Social Justice
WMST 100 Introduction to Women's Studies
WMST 212 Gender and Geography

Capstone Course
ENV 402 Sustainable Community Development Capstone

ENV 101 Sustainable Communities This course introduces students to the concept of sustainable development as applied to real world communities. It will not only focus on the United Nation's three "interdependent and mutually reinforcing pillars" of sustainable development - economic development, social development, and environmental protection - but also will touch on intertwined subjects such as individual and collective responsibilities, community planning, and environmental justice. Case studies will be used to discern how individuals, cities, and towns are working to become more sustainable. (Mauer, offered annually)

ENV 402 Sustainable Community Development Capstone This course is the capstone experience for students in the Sustainable Community Development minor. The central questions of this class are "what is sustainable development?" and what are the methods for achieving "sustainability?" These are not easy or straightforward questions. Planning is an attempt to balance the multiple, often competing, agendas of numerous stakeholders. As a service learning course, we will be working with some of these stakeholders and will attempt to balance divergent community needs. In the broadest sense, we will be trying to achieve a delicate balance between social justice (working to inclusively attend to the needs of all citizens, especially those who are in positions of disadvantage and/or disempowerment), environmental resiliency (recognizing the ecological implications of all decision making processes and treating the living environment as another stakeholder in the planning process), and economic viability (understanding the role of economic development in terms of job creation and increasing the tax base, and as the foundation for the community's current and future capitall improvements) (Lewis/Blankenship, offered alternate years)