Sustainability-Focused and Related Courses
A “sustainability-focused” course concentrates on the concept of sustainability, including its social, economic, and environmental dimensions, or examine an issue or topic using sustainability as a lens.
A “sustainability-related” course incorporates sustainability as a distinct course component or module, or concentrate on a single sustainability principle or issue.
Guidance was developed by a committee of three faculty members, comprised of: Kathleen Getz, Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Kogod School of Business; Dr. Sikina Jinnah, Assistant Professor, School of International Service; and Stephen MacAvoy, Assistant Professor, Department of Environmental Science.
The Office of Sustainability asked faculty to use the above guidance to self-identify whether any of their classes were sustainability-focused or sustainability-related. The first survey was conducted in January, 2011. It found that 785 courses offered during the Fall, Spring, or Summer 2010 semesters at American University were "sustainability-focused" or "sustainability-related."
In spring 2013 another survey was administered. Twenty-four percent of faculty completed the survey and the results were used to produce a catalog of sustainability curricula. 1,079 courses were identified as sustainability focused or related - 19% of all classes offered at AU over calendar year 2012.
View the list at right to see which courses were identified as such.