COF Minor in Sustainability

The COF Minor in Sustainability is embedded in the international recognition that unsustainable pressures resulting from human activity threaten the natural systems on which human existence depends. These pressures often impact the most vulnerable members of society. The minor encourages students to explore connections between their specific career-directed studies to issues of the natural world, finite resources and social justice.

The requirements are: Six academic courses:

  • COF Environment Forum  –  to be taken twice

The forum course is designed to expose students to contemporary sustainability issues through a series of discussions with local, regional and national experts in the field.  Students will participate in projects related to the topic of the forum and will present their findings during the Muddy River Symposium or other regional sustainability conferences. A service-learning component is incorporated to further facilitate student learning.

  • 4 Elective Courses – Students must take 4 courses that form a cohesive and thematic thread, selecting from at least two of the following categories
    • Policy/Economics
    • Social Equity
    • Environmental

Courses approved for the minor can be taken at any campus through Cross Registration.

Contact information:

Students interested in fulfilling the minor should contact their academic advisor and the Center for Sustainability representative at their respective colleges.

Emmanuel College: TBA. Contact

MCPHS  University: Lana Dvorkin Camiel,

Massachusetts School of Art and Design: Joanne Lukitsh,

Simmons College: Michael Berger,

Wentworth Institute of Technology: Gautham Das,

Wheelock College: Lisa Lobel,


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