Minor Coordinator

Carl Zimring
Email: czimring@pratt.edu
Office: Dekalb 108


A Minor in Sustainability Studies at Pratt deepens the understanding of the interdisciplinary approach to sustainable environmental, economic, and social practices, providing students with a broad understanding of the complex interrelationships between humans and ecosystems and the best practices for protecting environmental quality and fostering social equity. 

Courses designated as sustainability-related or sustainability-focused may contain the following elements:

  • Integration of basic and applied knowledge from multiple disciplines, including the natural and social sciences, to analyze human-environment interactions;
  • Analysis of the tradeoffs or co-benefits involved in managing resources for the social, economic, and environmental welfare of current and future generations;
  • Development of alternative strategies for the use of natural, human, and fiscal resources that are compatible with the constraints on these resources;
  • Implementation of practical solutions to socioeconomic and environmental challenges, including those that relate to energy, technology, ecosystems, social transformations, food systems, policy, and governance.

Students that successfully complete sustainability-related or sustainability-focused courses develop the ability to:

  • Demonstrate familiarity with how multiple disciplines (within the social sciences and across schools at Pratt, including but not limited to history, philosophy, anthropology, ecology, chemistry, design, architecture, and literature) define and apply sustainability, and the historical context of their development.
  • Apply the interdisciplinary methods of inquiry and analysis relevant to sustainability (including but not limited to history, philosophy, anthropology, ecology, chemistry, design, architecture, and literature) to address problems, answer questions, and construct arguments.
  • Explore the ways in which ecosystems are self-sustaining, how human activities have disrupted those ecosystems, and consider the effects of human changes on ecosystems and the humans who depend on those ecosystems.
  • Understand the global, ethical, behavioral, legal, economic, and political contexts to sustainable and unsustainable habitation on Earth.
  • Engage the theoretical approaches to sustainability presented with students’ professional and personal goals as creative professionals and responsible contributors to society.

How to Minor in Sustainability Studies

The minor can be combined with any undergraduate major and requires the completion of 15 credits approved in Sustainability Studies. At least 40% of the credits must be taken at the 300 level or above.

If you are interested in declaring the minor, please contact the minor coordinator.

Students should speak with their academic advisor and the minor coordinator before filling out a minor declaration form.

The list of courses students may use for the minor now includes:

Core Requirements:
  • MSCI-270 Ecology
  • MSWI-270C Ecology, Environment & Anthropocene (may substitute for MSCI 270) 
  • MSCI-271 Ecology for Architects (may substitute for MSCI 270)
  • MSCI-280 Environmental Science for Construction Management (may substitute for MSCI 270)
  • CM-446  Sustainable Construction Management 
  • WR-493 Ecopoetics
  • INT-456-05 Interior Option Lab: Biomimicry
  • IND-487 Sustainability and Production 
  • MSCI-210C Science and Society
  • MSWI-210C Science and Society
  • MSCI-381 Green Building Science
  • MSCI-438 Chemistry of Modern Poly Materials 
  • PHIL-356 Environmental Ethics
  • SS-201T Sustainable Core
  • SSWI-222G Making/Faking Nature
  • SS-339 Gentrification/Urban Change
  • SS-358 Environmental Psychology
  • SS-382 Politics of Climate Change 
  • SS-409 Walking New York
  • SS-411 Concepts of Materiality
  • SS-469 Human-Animal Relationship
  • SUST-310 Global Environmental History 
  • SUST-311 American Environmental History
  • SUST-319 Sustainability and Fashion
  • SUST-401 Power, Pollution, and Profit
  • SUST-405 Production, Consumption, and Waste
  • SUST-410 Nature and Technology in History
  • SUST-420 Environmental Justice
  • SUST-430 Planet Ocean
  • SUST-440 Environmental Economics
  • SUST-445 Sustainable Technology

See Sustainability Studies, Minor Overview and Academic Requirements