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 as some that are 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
    • Alternatives for Women 305-HTA-03
    • The Tropics: Opportunities & Challenges 365-HSA-VA (FULL)
  • English:
    • Short Fiction from the Margins 603-102-MQ
    • Canadian Multicultural Literature 603-102-MQ
    • Women Writers and the Short Story 603-102-MQ
    • Alienation and Self-Cultivation 603-103-MQ
    • Rewriting morality in the 20th Century American Fiction  603-103-MQ
    • Writing for the Community 603-HSB-VA
    • Androids are People Too  603-HSD-VA
    • Oral History: Methods, Practice and Analysis 603-HSE-VA
    • Rhetoric Revolution 603-HSE-VA
    • Creativity, Empathy, Community and Kids 603-HSE-VA
    • 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:
    • Rebels and Reformers 345-102-MQ
    • Consumerism And Its Discontents 345-102-MQ
    • World Views of Heroes and Heroines  345-102-MQ
    • Environment and Society 345-HSB-VA
    • Right vs Right: The Dilemmas of Ethical Living 345-HSA-VA
    • Ethical Issues: Progress and its Discontent 345-HSA-VA
    • Evidence and Understanding 345-101-MQ
    • Introduction to Modern Ethics 345-HSB-VA
    • Environmental Ethics 345-HSA-VA/ 345-HSD -VA
    • Understanding Inequality 345-101-MQ
  • 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:
    • Réflexion: le cercle des Premières Nations 602-HSL-VA
    • Mouvements pour la justice  602-HSL-VA
    • L’ecologie sous divers angles 602-HSD-VA
    • L’alimentation sous haute surveillance 602-102-MQ
    • Autopsie du capitalisme  602-HSG-VA
    • Les ultrariches et les inégalités sociales 602-HSF-VA
    • L’économie sociale 602-HSE-VA
    • Sommes-nous sous influences? 602-HSK-VA
    • De la censure à la liberté d’expression  602-103-MQ
    • Le voyage sans limites 602-HSK-VA
    • Terrorisme et non-violence 602-HSL-VA
    • Une planète en danger: le développement durable à la rescousse! (COMPLET)
  • 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
    • History
      • History of Africa 330-207-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 Sustainability content.
    • Any Integrative Project section (300-301-VA ) with 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% could qualify. Approval of the Sustainability Major Coordinator required.

 

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