Natural Resources and Sustainable Development students tackle the most pressing challenges facing the world today. Opportunities abound for our students to advocate for and contribute to a sustainable future for both the Global South and Global North. NRSD students get their hands dirty through experience-based learning and hands-on research in the US and in Costa Rica.
NRSD students work closely with students in the Global Environmental Policy degree. Together, these two degrees make up the larger Global Environmental Politics Program at SIS.
Students trek through the Costa Rican waters to meet with park rangers regarding challenges facing Corcovado National Park.
Get Involved Graduate Student Council
The SIS Graduate Student Council (GSC) is committed to providing professional development, advocating for graduate students, and building a school-wide community. GSC provides opportunities to graduate students to plan and participate in social and professional development events, serve on school committees, advocate for themselves and their peers, and generally have their voices heard in the SIS administration. With a team of senators representing the various programs at the School of International Service and a dedicated Executive Council, the GSC strives to be a leader both inside and outside American University. Contact the GSC at