Alexander Haas ’14: Global Urban Sustainability

Overview of the Major: Increased intensity of agriculture practices, natural resource extraction, and urbanization highlight the importance of global urban sustainability. The negative factors emerging from the confluence of these factors are becoming more and more noticeable. Learning how to use resources in a more holistic manner in relation to these factors has huge potential. This major aims to build fundamental connections between sociology/anthropology, environmental studies, biology, urban studies, economics, and philosophy. Thus, reflecting a more holistic understanding of the interconnected issues between the urban and natural environments.

Objectives of the Major:

  1. Explore the abundance of resources and energy flows that are already available and waiting to be capture and utilized by urban populations across the globe.
  2. Understand the interconnected issues that individuals have with their surrounding urban socioeconomic and ecological environments.

Structure of Major: (Including the courses student eventually chose to fulfill these requirements)

Environmental Studies & Natural Science (4 Courses)

  • ENVS 220: Food Systems
  • ENVS 230: Sustainable Agriculture – Theory & Practice
  • BIOL 202:¬†Gateway to Ecology, Evolution, & Organismal Biology
  • GEOL 110: Environmental Geology

Sociology/Anthropology (3 Courses)

  • ANTH 21103: Cultural Ecology
  • ANTH 23108: Amish Culture
  • SOCI 350: Classical Social Theory

Urban Studies/Economics (2 Courses)

  • URBN 201: Urban Revitalization & Sustainability
  • PSCI 205: Urban Politics

Humanities (1 Course)

  • PHIL 100: Ethics. Justice & Society

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