Degrees and Requirements

Sustainability Interdisciplinary Studies

Designed by faculty in multiple disciplines, the 18-credit SIS Minor at La Roche provides students the opportunity to study the principles and engage in the practices of environmental justice. This minor crosses boundaries to show that sustainability and environmental justice are part of every discipline – from literature to sociology to interior design and beyond.

A minor in Sustainability Interdisciplinary Studies will provide experiences catering to students interested in issues of sustainability and their integration into each of their respective discipline and profession. This minor will focus on expanding awareness of environmental justice and sustainable development as well as community (local to global) and integrative thinking. It must be completed within the student's graduation timetable. 

To learn more about this minor, please contact the co-director at azlan.tajuddin@laroche.edu or the faculty secretary at 412-536-1184

Integrated Experience: 3 credits (choose 1) - REQUIRED
Internship
Service Learning 
Directed Research
Creative Expression

Summary of Requirements

Minor Electives: Choose 4 courses: 12 credits

  • IDSN3059
    ADVANCED IDEAS SEMINAR IN ID |

    IDSN3059
    ADVANCED IDEAS SEMINAR IN ID |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    An open-ended seminar dealing with various aesthetic questions pertinent to the student's needs. Occasional field trips and guest speakers are included in the course activities.|

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    IDSN2038A

  • INST2011
    WORLD GEOGRAPHY(GEOG2011) |

    INST2011
    WORLD GEOGRAPHY(GEOG2011) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A study of the interactions between human beings and the land, and the influence of geography in shaping work and culture throughout the world. Cross-listed with GEOG2011 |

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  • INST3013
    GEOGRAPHY & WORLD AFFAIRS (GEOG3013) |

    INST3013
    GEOGRAPHY & WORLD AFFAIRS (GEOG3013) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    An overview of various regions of the world and the environmental conditions to which people adapt. Racial, linguistic, religious and economic groupings of people will be stressed. Current world events are examined to develop knowledge about historical, geographic, climatic, political and religious environments which people inhabit. Cross-listed with GEOG3013 |

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  • PHIL2026
    ETHICS(SLRS1013) |

    PHIL2026
    ETHICS(SLRS1013) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A survey of historical and contemporary responses to significant moral problems encountered in the Christian life. Topics include conscience, racism, peace and war, ecology, population control, economic justice and capital punishment. Cross-listed with SLRS1013|

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  • SLLT1009
    LITERATURE OF THE ENVIRONMENT |

    SLLT1009
    LITERATURE OF THE ENVIRONMENT |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course emphasizes the careful reading of works of literature concerning the physical environment and its relationship to human beings and societies. Issues to be covered include the origins and development of environmental literatures; the range of environmental literary genres; and the relationship between environmental literature and contemporary environmental concerns. |

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  • SOCL1034
    RACE AND ETHNICITY(SLSO1004) |

    SOCL1034
    RACE AND ETHNICITY(SLSO1004) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    A study of the social relationships of racial, ethnic, religious and other minority groups with emphasis on personal, cultural and social development. Cross-listed with SLSO1004. Class start the week of 01/26/2015.|

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  • SOCL2070
    CULTURE AND HUMAN SOCIETIES |

    SOCL2070
    CULTURE AND HUMAN SOCIETIES |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    Sociological study of what we mean by culture is taken and critically applied to the discussion of global-historical transformations in human social development, from the period of simple societies to the present age of complex, industrial, and globalized societies.|

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  • SOCL3041
    CITIES AND GLOBALIZATION |

    SOCL3041
    CITIES AND GLOBALIZATION |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course examines the social dynamics of urbanization, urban social structure, and urban development. It analyzes, through various theories of urban sociology, the city as a form of social organization and as centers of economic and political processes. It also looks at how globalization has impacted various cities around the world in terms of their growths and declines.|

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  • SOCL3082
    SOCIAL MOVEMENT AND RESISTANCE (POLI3082) |

    SOCL3082
    SOCIAL MOVEMENT AND RESISTANCE (POLI3082) |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course examines the origin, growth, and dynamics of social movements as forms of social protest and resistance against state and global injustices. Discussions include case studies of various social and political groups, non-government organizations, and liberation and revolutionary movements in the US and throughout the world. Cross-listed with POLI3082 |

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Required Course: 3 credits

  • SOCL3081
    ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY |

    SOCL3081
    ENVIRONMENT AND SOCIETY |

    Credits (Min/Max): 3/3

    This course is designed to provide an approach to study and analyze the interactions between society and the environment, and the political economic impacts of environmental problems. Focus will be on both the social causes of and social responses to various environmental problems, at the local, national, and global levels.|

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