Course Requirements

Sustainability in Action

IDS 4942

Sustainability in Action is the capstone course in Sustainability Studies. It required of all students pursuing the Major.

Sustainability in Action gives students practical experience in sustainability related projects, community service, or business enterprise. It is designed to help students integrate the diverse forms of knowledge gained during their coursework in Sustainability Studies, develop social and technical career skills, foster a sense of civic empowerment, and provide collective action and workplace experience. Students meet twice a week for the first three weeks of the semester to explore how social change happens and develop the professional skills needed to succeed at an internship.

Throughout the semester, students are involved in their internships, service learning opportunities, or integrated research projects. We will meet periodically to discuss readings, update classmates on your practical experiences, create synergies, and benefit from peer support. In the final two weeks of the semester, students present formal accounts of their experiences and accomplishments.

This course is graded S/U. To pass the course, students must attend all scheduled classes, complete required readings and weekly online submissions, successfully carry out their internships, service learning opportunities, or integrated research projects, and skillfully present accounts of their work experiences in class. Students are evaluated by the instructor of the course and a workplace or research supervisor.

To Enroll

Sustainability in Action is only offered in the spring semester. Please contact the Director of Sustainability Studies ( in early November to set up your internship and gain admission to the course.

Students who are planning for a fall graduation should contact the Director in early November of the previous year to secure their spring enrollment.

Explore examples of the various internships, service learning opportunities, and integrated research projects that students have undertaken.

Course Syllabus

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