Truman State University has been actively working on updating and expanding its curriculum to more fully integrate sustainability studies into the core learning experience. While doing so, we have also been working to revamp the student learning experience in other ways. Truman State has challenged itself to engage in sustainability dialogue and studies within students’ coursework, through both hands-on experiences and lectures. Additionally, we have created ways to recognize students who have become experts in their studies of sustainability.
Truman State University currently offers 18 undergraduate courses focused on sustainability and 40 courses that incorporate sustainability as a distinct topic in the course. In addition, we supplement this base with undergraduate courses and 3 graduate courses that integrate sustainability material in a meaningful way to the core curriculum of the class. With this support, 14 of our 27 academic departments now have a sustainability component correlated with them.
Here is a list of all current sustainability courses offered at Truman.
Undergraduate and Graduate Programs
While Truman does not offer an undergraduate major program for sustainability, we do offer an Environmental Studies Minor. The purpose of this minor is to help students to identify, analyze, communicate, and influence the complex forces that shape the environment and the lives of living things. Studies will focus on the interactions between humans and other components of the natural environment.
Students also have the option to create their own major, known as an Interdisciplinary Studies. Often, students wanting to specifically cater their education toward sustainability and the environment may also take this route. In the past, Truman has graduated students with majors in fields such as Environmental Policy, which combines sustainability, political science, and economics; Sustainable Agriculture, which combines sustainability, agricultural science, and biology; and Sustainable Development, which combines sustainability, economics, and sociology.
At the Graduate level we have an Online Graduate Certificate for Sustainability and Environmental Studies. This program is designed specifically to educate those who want to improve the relationship between their actions in their future career and the environment. It also helps shed light on the global ecological relationships of workers, consumers, and leaders to their environmental commons.
At Truman State, we feel that one of the best ways to learn is to become immersed; we have therefore created a course that allows students to become immersed in a sustainability centered study program. BIZ 306/506G is a study abroad course in Belize, which allows students to study the natural history of the country. The course is full of hands on experience at such places as Rio Bravo Conservation and Management Area.