In the Classroom

Sustainability is one of the George Washington University’s core values. This is seen in the over 470 courses related to sustainability which are offered at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Owing to the interdisciplinary nature of sustainability, students can find sustainability related courses in nearly every school and department across the University.

These courses can be found in the list below, or by searching the course attribute SUST on course search. Most undergraduate sustainability courses may be applied toward the undergraduate Minor in Sustainability. Graduate courses are also listed as Sustainability-related using the SUST course attribute. Undergraduate students may take graduate level sustainability courses with the approval of the faculty member and the Sustainability Minor Program Manager.

Students who are not enrolled in the Sustainability Minor are encouraged to use the SUST course attribute to find courses in their area of interest related to sustainability. Questions about sustainability-designated courses can be sent to the Program Manager of the Sustainability Minor, Max Gelber, at [email protected].

To obtain a sustainability designation, the course must address issues related to the three pillars of sustainability: environment, economy, and society. These courses include one or more of the following criteria:

Content related to sustainable development: creating healthy and thriving resource systems for all;

Content related to environmental issues;

Content related to social issues applied to sustainable development such as human welfare, social equity issues or social / organizational / behavioral change;

Content related to economic issues applied to sustainable development;

Discourse focused on the interconnection of world resources and the human condition from a long-term perspective;

Content related to policy and communications issues applied to sustainable development;

See a list of all Sustainability Related courses (PDF).