Sustainability and Social Impact concentration

Examine the environmental, economic, and social sustainability challenges and opportunities faced by today’s business leaders.

Looking for the Sustainability concentration?

The Sustainability concentration has been renamed the Sustainability and Social Impact concentration. Requirements to complete the concentration have not changed.

Course requirements

Completion of the Sustainability and Social Impact concentration does not require pre-approval or special admission. If you would like to pursue this concentration, complete a total of 12 credits of sustainability-related courses as listed below.

The 12 credits also count toward fulfillment of your electives requirement, but note that COMM courses cannot be counted as non-Commerce electives. If the courses you take for the concentration overlap with the courses you take for an option, you can double count a maximum of 3 credits of coursework toward concentration and option requirements in your degree.  

After you've applied to graduate, we'll provide instructions for how to declare the concentration so that it will appear on your academic transcript.

Sustainability and Social Impact requirements
9 credits from:
COMM 3121Business Ethics Leadership
COMM 386I2Innovation and Sustainability
COMM 386JStrategies for Responsible Business
COMM 386L3Impact Investing: Social Finance in the 21st Century
COMM 386TIndigenous Peoples and Economic Development
COMM 4604Social and Nonprofit Marketing
COMM 4845Sustainability Marketing
COMM 4856Social Entrepreneurship
COMM 4877
Environmental Management
1 Formerly COMM 386A.
COMM 386I can be counted toward both the Sustainability and Social Impact concentration and the Entrepreneurship option. A maximum of three credits of coursework within your degree can be applied to fulfill both option and concentration requirements.
3 COMM 386L can be counted toward both the Sustainability and Social Impact concentration and the Entrepreneurship option. A maximum of three credits of coursework within your degree can be applied to fulfill both option and concentration requirements.
4 COMM 460 can be counted toward both the Sustainability and Social Impact concentration and the Marketing option. A maximum of three credits of coursework within your degree can be applied to fulfill both option and concentration requirements.
5 COMM 484 (formerly COMM 486F) can be counted toward both the Sustainability and Social Impact concentration and the Marketing option. A maximum of three credits of coursework within your degree can be applied to fulfill both option and concentration requirements.
6 COMM 485 (formerly COMM 386E Social Enterprise) can be counted toward both the Sustainability and Social Impact concentration and the Entrepreneurship option. A maximum of three credits of coursework within your degree can be applied to fulfill both option and concentration requirements.
7 Formerly COMM 486E.
And 3 credits from courses with a social sciences or a natural sciences focus:
social sciences
ENDS 221Sustainability by Design
ASTU 210/EDUC 210Global Citizenship
CONS 425Sustainable Energy: Policy and Governance
ECON 370Benefit-Cost Analysis and the Economics of Project Evaluation
ECON 371Economics of the Environment
HIST 106Global Environmental History
HIST 396Environmental History of North America (not offered in 2016W)
PHIL 3311Business and Professional Ethics
PHIL 3322Environmentals Ethics
POLI 351Environmental Politics and Policy
1 Formerly PHIL 434A.
2 Formerly PHIL 435A.

 

natural sciences

APBI 361Key Indicators of Agroecosystem Sustainability
ASIC 220Introduction to Sustainability (formerly SCIE 220)
CONS 200Foundation of Conservation
CONS 210Visualizing Climate Change
ENVR 200Introduction to Environmental Science
EOSC 212Topics in the Earth and Planetary Sciences 
EOSC 217The Science and Practice of Sustainability (no longer offered)
EOSC 312The Earth System and Environmental Evolution (no longer offered)
EOSC 314The Ocean Environment
GEOG 204Forest and Agricultural Climatology (no longer offered)
GEOG 310Environment and Sustainability

Other courses that are deemed to have a strong focus in social or environmental sustainability may be used to count towards the concentration upon approval from the Undergraduate Office.

The courses for the Sustainability and Social Impact concentration are counted toward your elective credits. If the courses required for the concentration overlap with the required courses in your option, only one can be counted toward both requirements.

Will the Sustainability and Social Impact concentration appear on my transcript?

If you're graduating in May 2020 or later, successful completion of the Sustainability and Social Impact concentration will be noted on your transcript after graduation. If you're graduating prior to May 2020, the concentration will not appear on your transcript, but you will receive a printed certificate to confirm its completion.


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