Daemen College Bachelor of Arts Degree in Global and Local Sustainability will prepare students to pursue a wide range of careers linked to the environment, and bring new skills to traditional careers
Daemen to Offer Interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts Degree in Global and Local Sustainability
March 24, 2011
Inquiries: Mike Andrei
Inquiries: Brenda L. Young, Ph.D., LEED AP
Professor of Biology, Natural Sciences Department
Program Director, Global and Local Sustainability
Daemen College is offering a new interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree in Global and Local Sustainability. The degree will prepare students for the twenty-first century by developing problem-solving skills while addressing current sustainability issues. This program will be the first in Western New York to offer a curriculum focused on educating students on sustainability concepts and how they can be applied to our modern communities.
Students can choose an area of concentration from several options: the liberal arts; business; health care studies; or education. The program will be supported by the extensive network of partnerships established by Daemen College Center for Sustainable Communities and Civic Engagement. Students, working with community leaders and residents, will integrate coursework in developing practical solutions to community problems to promote the social, environmental, and economic well being of communities around the globe.
“Coursework in sustainability will provide an important understanding of the social, political, economic and environmental factors influencing sustainable communities,” noted Dr. Brenda L. Young, Ph.D., LEED AP, and Professor of Biology.
“An integral part of this program requires students to apply their knowledge while working on sustainability issues in local and global communities,” added Dr. Young, who is Director of Daemen’s Global and Local Sustainability Program.
Objectives of the Global and Local sustainability program include:
- To provide students with knowledge of the three pillars of sustainability-social, environmental and economic sustainability.
- To provide students with essential interpersonal and organizational skills necessary for collaborating with community partners.
- To partner staff and students with local, national and international communities to promote sustainability.
- To provide internship opportunities for students to further their intellectual and creative skills in economic and social development, cultural and historical preservation and environmental careers in government, not for profits and private businesses.
- To develop creative problem-solving skills to address interdisciplinary challenges of sustainability
- To understand the concept of place and the connections between people and their natural, built and social environments.
Students completing the Daemen College Bachelor of Arts degree in Global and Local Sustainability will be prepared to pursue an increasingly wide range of careers, as well as bring a new set of skills to traditional careers. Some of the options will include: sustainability officer for companies or a non-profit organization; environmental product testing; marketing and sales of environmentally-friendly products; social justice law, consultant, or community planner; global health educator; grant writer; media and communications project manager for community agriculture initiatives; and broad employment by corporations committed to sustainable practices.
Daemen College is now accepting applications for the interdisciplinary Bachelor of Arts degree in Global and Local Sustainability for the fall, 2011 semester. Interested students should contact the Daemen Admissions Office, (716) 839-8225, (800) 462-7652, or online http://www.daemen.edu/admissions/Pages/default.aspx .