Requirements for the Sustainability Major are as follows:

  1. Students must complete and pass SIX courses from the list of courses provided below. Courses are available in a variety of disciplines. Students will also be encouraged to register for the college-wide complementary course entitled “Sustainability in Action” offered in the Autumn semester.
  2. Student must participate in Academic Activities such as Sustainable Earth Week or Bike Week; must attend a presentation with sustainability content during events like the Social Science Festival or Science Presentations; must attend a conference or event with environmental content; or must work on projects related to Sustainability for their Integrative Project or other end of year project. A minimum of THREE activities are required.
  3. Students must volunteer in local College projects (e.g. planning or helping at some of the events mentioned above, working on a specific College project); must volunteer within the Community (e.g. in St Laurent or beyond); or can go to classes to talk about the Sustainability Major as a recruitment tool. A total of 10 hours of volunteer work is required in any given semester, for a total of 30 hours.

Courses which qualify towards achieving the Sustainability Major:

NOTE: The list below is not exhaustive. Other courses might qualify for the major, such those proper to specific programs. If at least one third of the course content pertains to sustainability, it might qualify. Please contact the Sustainability Major coordinator for approval.

  • Universal Complementary course
    • The Tropics: Opportunities & Challenges 365-HSA-VA (H18 incl. 10 day trip to Belize in March – registration starts now!)
  • English:
    • B-Block, Brave Green World: Literature and Sustainability
    • Literature, Environment and Society 603-HSE-VA
    • Ecocriticism: Environmental Literary Studies 603-103-VA
    • Literature and the Environment 603-103-VA
    • Dollars and Sense 603-HSE-VA
    • The Changing Nature of Nature 603-HSD-VA
    • Gender and Contemporary Literature 603-103-VA
  • Humanities:
    • Evidence and Understanding 345-101-MQ
    • Food Fight: Worldviews on Food Production 345-102-MQ
    • Consumerism And Its Discontents 345-102-MQ
    • Food for Thought 345-101-MQ
    • Environment and Society 345-HSB-VA
    • Environmental Ethics 345-HSA-VA/ 345-HSD -VA
  • Physical Education
    • Intensive Hiking 109-101-MQ
    • Intensive Introduction to Outdoor Activities 109-101-MQ
    • Intensive Hiking / Camping 109-101-MQ
    • Intensive Urban Wilderness 109-102-MQ
    • Intensive Winter Camping 109-102-MQ
    • Intensive Winter Camping 109-103-MQ
    • Intensive Outdoor Survival 109-103-MQ
    • Intensive Wilderness Camping 109-103-MQ
    • Intensive Canoe Camping 109-103-MQ
  • French:
    • Les identités éphémères 602-101-MQ
    • La culture recyclée 602-102-MQ
    • La planète alimentaire 602-102-MQ
    • L’alimentation sous haute surveillance 602-102-MQ
    • L’ecologie sous divers angles 602-HSD-VA
    • Splendeurs et misères d’une planète 602-HSC-VA
    • Le voyage sans limites 602-HSK-VA
    • Autopsie du capitalisme 602-HSG-VA
    • Le cercle des Premières Nations 602-HSL-VA
    • Le papier: commerce et frontières 602-HSF-VA
    • Une planète en danger: le développement durable à la rescousse! (H18 avec voyage 10 jours à Paris & Genève en mars – inscriptions dès maintenant!)
  • Social Sciences (as Social Science or complementary course)
    • Economics:
      • Introduction to Macroeconomics 383-920-VA or 383-HSA-03
      • Introduction to Microeconomics 383-200-VA or 383-HTB-03
      • Special Microeconomics 383-204-VA or 383-HTB-03
      • Development Economics 383-302-VA or 383-HTA-VA
    • Political Science
      • International Relations I 385-203-VA or 385-HTD-03
    • Psychology
      • Health and Happiness 350-302-VA or 350-HTR-VA
    • Sociology
      • Individual and Society 387-100-VA or 387-HSA-03
      • Technology and Society 387-300-VA or 387-HTL-VA
      • Sociology of Mass Media 387-302-VA or 387-HTA-03
      • Crime and Punishment 387-207-VA / 387-HTK-VA
    • Anthropology:
      • The Human Experience 381-100-VA or 381-HSF-VA
      • Native Peoples 381-205-VA or 381-HTF-VA
    • Geography:
      • The World: Land & People 320-100-VA or 320-HSA-03
      • Global Challenge 320-201-VA or 320-HTD-03
      • The City: Urban Geography 320-300-VA or 320-HTC-03
      • Planet Earth 320-200-VA or 320-HTJ-VA
      • Maps and Mapping 320-302 or 320-HTK-VA
    • Religious Studies
      • Unlocking the World Spirit 370-100 or 370-HSF-VA
    • Any Current Issues course (400 level) in Social Sciences with a Sustainability content
    • Any Integrative Project section (300-301-VA ) with a Sustainability content
  • Communications, Media and Studio Arts
    • Art/Media Studies (National Cultural Issues & Models of Analysis):
      • Art in Public Places 520-110-VA
      • Canadian Art 520-111-VA
      • International Cinema 530-110-VA
      • Modern Cinema 530-111-VA
      • New Media and Society 585-110-VA
      • Journalism and the Documentary 585-111-VA
      • Camera and Culture 500-121-VA
      •  Art/Media Special Topics 502-121-VA
      •  Art Now: Issues in Contemporary Art 520-121-VA
      •  The Artist’s Perspective 520-122-VA
      •  Introduction to Cinema 530-120-VA
      •  Film Directors 530-121-VA
      •  Women in Cinema 530-122-VA
      •  Cinema Styles 530-123-VA
      •  Mass Media, Mass Culture 585-120-VA
    • All Techniques & Creation courses:
      • If at least 30% of the course content or a term project worth at least 25% pertains to Sustainability.
  • Sciences
    • Biology:
      • Ecology 101-311-VA
      • Germ World: The Good, The Bad, The Rotten 101-HSA-VA
    • Chemistry:
      • Chemistry and the Modern World: Health, Beauty, and Beyond 202-HTG-05
      • The Science of Everyday Life 202-HSA-03
  • Architectural Technology:
    • Innovative Technologies 221-630-VA
  • Building Systems Engineering Technology:
    • Intro to HVAC and Construction 221-292
    • Energy Conservation 221-691
    • Heating Systems 221-491
  • Environment and Wildlife Management:
    • Students enrolled in that program do not need to fulfill the 6 course requirement given the “nature” of their program
  • Liberal Arts:
    • Ethics, Culture and Conflicts* 345-HSD-VA
    • Religion: People and their Myths* 370-121-VA
    • Methodology 300-312-VA
    • *Please see Liberal Arts coordinator to determine whether course has sustainability content

ALSO, ANY COURSE with a Term Project pertaining to Sustainability worth at least 25%. Approval of the Sustainability Major Coordinator required.

 

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