Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability is the first of its kind: a comprehensive degree-granting program with a transdisciplinary focus on finding real-world solutions to environmental, economic, and social challenges. Established in spring 2007 and enrolling undergraduates since fall 2008, the School is part of the Global Institute of Sustainability.
ASU is addressing some of the most critical challenges of our time, and the demand for sustainability graduates is strong. The School’s course of study emphasizes experiential learning, research with faculty, corporate and K-12 work, community service, and leadership development. The knowledge and solutions that are created today will shape the quality of life for future generations.
The School’s mission is to bring together multiple disciplines and leaders to create and share knowledge, train a new generation of scholars and practitioners, and develop practical solutions to some of the most pressing environmental, economic, and social challenges of sustainability, especially as they relate to urban areas.
Enrollment is growing, as more and more students and employers are interested in sustainability. Students can pursue a bachelor’s, master’s, or doctoral degree in sustainability and may integrate their master's degree with Peace Corps service overseas. A minor in sustainability and concentrations in sustainability are also available to undergraduate students across the university.
The School of Sustainability takes a transdisciplinary approach in its curriculum, addressing a broad spectrum of global challenges, including: energy, materials, and technology; water quality and scarcity; international development; ecosystems; social transformations; food and food systems; and policy and governance.