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Sustainability Studies Bachelor Degree (B.A.)

Sustainability Studies Bachelor Degree (B.A.)

Sustainability Studies at Messiah College

Are you interested in how sustainable practices affect people in communities? Are you ready to engage the future by being a part of Messiah's more than 40 year history of resource stewardship and creation care? 

Messiah College’s interdepartmental Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in sustainability studies is built upon a holistic approach that emphasizes the social, ecological and economic aspects of sustainable human communities. From the cultivation of the Grantham Community Garden to internship opportunities with organizations such as Mennonite Central Committee and ECHO (Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization) that can take you around the world, you won't just learn about sustainability, you'll live it.

Sustainability studies major distinctives
Career options for sustainability studies majors
Internship and research opportunities for sustainability studies majors
Departments offering courses in the sustainability studies major

Program emphasis

Students in the sustainability studies program choose a concentration and take a selection of courses that successfully prepare them for a career in a related field. The concentration options include community and urban development (housed in the Dept. of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice); sustainable agriculture (housed in the Dept. of Biological Sciences); and sustainability public policy (housed in the Dept. of Politics and International Relations).

Learning environments

In addition to learning intensive propagation techniques in the community garden, Messiah has a state-of-the-art greenhouse and environmental labs which are home to projects in institutional composting, aquaponics, aquaculture, hydroponics and biodiesel production. Beyond the Grantham campus, you might choose to live in Harrisburg to become involved in community development projects within an urban environment.

You'll have the opportunity to work alongside Messiah faculty, conducting research in sustainable agriculture, urban food production, plant ecology, using forests as food production permacultures and more.

After graduation

As a graduate in sustainability studies, you'll be well-equipped to engage in political service, public policy, law, sustainable agriculture or Christian service.