Students can now pursue an M.A. or M.S. in Sustainability and participate in the Master’s International Peace Corps Program, which integrates graduate study with an international development field experience.
After completing required coursework for the master’s program and receiving a Peace Corps placement, student volunteers will travel to the respective sites to begin training. Once overseas, they are given an assignment according to the needs and requests of the host country. While oversees, the student volunteer’s primary responsibility is the project and community to which they have been assigned.
May 12 to May 26
3 credit hours
Dr. David Manuel-Navarrete and Dr. Christine Buzinde
Dubai is known for its wealth, property speculations, and luxury attractions. This study abroad program will explore recent efforts to infuse Dubai’s monumental ambitions with sustainability. Students will explore landmark sustainability projects such as the 1 GW solar energy park, the Dubai Pearl, and the eco-city of Masdar. We will also examine the re-branding of the city to boost tourism and the role of the city’s apparent reorientation towards sustainability for tourism development.
June 7 to June 27
6 credit hours
Dr. Mary Jane Parmentier and Dr. Jameson Wetmore
Spain and Morocco share the only current power line link between Europe and North Africa. The Desertec project is a plan to cover the North African desert with solar power generation and pipe that electricity under the Mediterranean to provide Europeans with enormous amounts of renewable energy. This study abroad program will explore this complex social, engineering, and environmental experiment by meeting the people that are planning the program and the people it will affect.
June 15 to July 1
3 credit hours
Dr. Ira Bennett and Dr. Jameson Wetmore
This course will explore the different ways that the U.S. and Europe have handled issues like the precautionary principle, genetically modified crops, and renewable energy incentives to gain an appreciation of both the diversity of strategies that could be employed to address sustainability issues as well as the importance of recognizing and adapting to local cultural, social, and political contexts.
July 6 to July 28
3 credit hours
Dr. Mary Jane Parmentier
The Andean region of Latin America offers a culturally, socially, politically, economically, and physically diverse environment in which to study issues of sustainable development. This study abroad program will include site visits to industry, government, natural areas, historical sites, and other locations where students can observe and interact with local people and leaders. We will visit the Andean and Amazonian regions of Ecuador, including the cities of Quito, Cuenca, Ambato, and Coca in the Amazon Basin.
Award amounts up to $5,000 are available to qualified sustainability majors, with up to $2,500 available to sustainability minors. Awards will be based on academic merit, financial need, and total cost of the program chosen. Funding is made possible by the Rob and Melani Walton Sustainability Solutions Initiatives.
Sustainability majors, applying to one of the programs listed, who have completed at least 56 credit hours at time of program participation, including SOS 110 and SOS 111.
Sustainability minors, applying to one of the programs listed, who have completed at least 56 credit hours at the time of program participation, including SOS 100 and one other sustainability minor course.