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For the first time, Miami students will be able to major in sustainability. The University Senate recently approved an updated “Sustainability Co-Major” offering students an inter-disciplinary perspective on global environmental, economic, and social issues.
The term “co-major” means that students must pair Sustainability with a primary major, adding an emphasis on sustainability concepts and applications, and a 21st century perspective on human-nature interactions in understanding environmental patterns and processes. The Sustainability co-major prepares students for career paths and post-graduate degrees in sustainability, especially those in design, management, and policy.
Prospective and current Miami students interested in a global perspective on sustainability might consider majoring in Geography. Geography majors study the relationship between humans and their environment in different contexts, and explore how local processes connect to global impacts. The Geography major offers three different tracks - comparative urban-economic, global (international) development, and environmental change -- that provide distinct perspectives on human/environmental issues at local and global scales.
For those interested in science and the environment, students can declare an Environmental Science Co-major along with their primary major. The Environmental Science Co-major emphasizes earth science and life science approaches to understanding environmental patterns and processes.