Online Bachelor of Arts in Sustainability
During Arizona State University’s Bachelor of Arts in sustainability program, you’ll build the talents and knowledge needed to rethink and reinvent key processes and structures. This program provides you with skills that can be applied to a wide variety of careers. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared for roles in policy, governance, social equity, international development and urban sustainability.
Next start date: 01/08/2024
Total classes: 39
Weeks per class: 7.5
Total credit hours: 120
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What you’ll learn in this BA in sustainability program
In the context of business and the economy, sustainability is built on three fundamental pillars. These are also called the triple bottom line:
- People: Something that is sustainable benefits individuals and communities.
- Planet: A sustainable concept or action that respects the natural environment.
- Profit: The sustainable idea must also make financial sense.
As a degree and career, sustainability focuses on the theories and principles used to address issues related to the environment, economy and society. In this program, you’ll apply these topics with an emphasis on solving current and future environmental issues. Upon graduation, you’ll be prepared to:
- Build a vision for long-term solutions.
- Identify and mitigate risk.
- Impact lives locally and globally.
This program also includes community engagement, experiential learning, faculty collaboration, leadership development and study abroad opportunities to provide a well-rounded experience.
Who’s a good candidate for this program?
This online sustainability program is geared toward students interested in the social and human aspects of sustainability. You’ll focus on the impacts of environmental challenges we experience on a large and individual scale. During this program, you’ll explore how humans perceive sustainability and what influences their behaviors and actions toward the environment.
Sustainability BA courses
Courses in this program range from sustainable food and farms to urban dynamics and building a sustainable enterprise. You’ll have the opportunity to customize your curriculum by selecting the program track that best aligns with your interests. Featured courses include:
SOS 310: Equity, Justice and Sustainability
SOS 311: Future Thinking and Strategies
SOS 110: Sustainable World (SB)
SOS 111: Sustainable Cities ((HU or SB) & G)
SOS 220: Systems Thinking
SOS 231: Careers in Sustainability
SOS 232: Professional Skills in Sustainability Practice
The jobs a BA in sustainability prepares you for
The field of sustainability is becoming much more important within businesses, governments and nonprofits organizations across the world. An online sustainability degree can prepare you for a wide variety of opportunities in this field. Career examples include, but are not limited to:
How to apply
Creating tomorrow’s solutions, today
The College of Global Futures is dedicated to building a sustainable and equitable future for the planet and society. These initiatives are a crucial part of ASU’s commitment to innovation, research and high-quality academic programs. ASU has been recognized with peer-reviewed honors from U.S. News & World Report. We’ve also received accolades from other prestigious organizations, showcasing our commitment to excellence across all disciplines.
“Cool Schools” for sustainability by Sierra Club for campus sustainability.
in innovation for 9 consecutive years, ahead of Stanford and MIT.
university in the U.S. in pursuit of United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
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