Sustainability Studies, minor

Program Overview

Do you want to make a difference in global challenges related to resources and the environment? Are you the type of person who explores all sides of an issue to solve complex problems or come up with innovative solutions? Can you see yourself helping organizations understand how certain actions will affect the environment, or implementing policies and strategies for a more sustainable future? If so, a sustainability studies minor could add immense value to your career goals.

The sustainability studies minor is interdisciplinary, since it draws together themes from across campus. You will set the foundation to address sustainability issues with a biology class to gain understanding in how the needs of people and the environment intersect. From there, you will select classes from business, sociology, consumer science, international development, theology, and political science as you explore sustainability from multiple perspectives. At the end, you will combine what you have learned across campus in a sustainability internship or research project. This broad range of academic disciplines will empower you to understand the connections and interactions between the environment and people, and provide you with critical skills needed to tackle sustainable use problems facing our world.

Molly Guldin looks out for the next wave coming in while surfing off Sunset Cliffs.

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Molly Guldin

Molly Guldin is the farmers’ market coordinator for the International Rescue Committee (IRC) at the El Cajon Farmers' Market in San Diego County and helps manage the City Heights Farmers’ Market.

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Course List

For information about the courses required for the Sustainability Studies, minor program, view the PLNU Catalog. 

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Student Support

For most students, the transition into college life is one full of adjustments. There is the excitement of newfound freedoms, but also some uncertainty as you begin to make choices and take responsibility for your own future. 

At PLNU, we’re committed to supporting you — academically, professionally, spiritually, personally — so that you may be successful both in your time as a student and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

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Career Opportunities

Sustainability concerns are becoming more relevant in nearly every industry. As a result, there are many organizations interested in hiring people who understand how decision-making activities may affect various sustainability issues and opportunities. Whether you plan to pursue a career in business, science, law, journalism, or many other industries, a minor in sustainability studies could be an excellent addition to your degree.

A minor in sustainability combined with your bachelor’s degree can lead to careers in the following:

  • Environmental Law
  • Biotechnology
  • Research and Development
  • Marketing
  • Pharmaceutical
  • Nonprofit/NGO
  • Public Policy
  • Urban Planning
  • Consulting
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