Sustainability Minor Offers New Opportunities to Include Service Learning Courses

The Sustainability and Service Learning Initiatives are pleased to announce a new opportunity for students. The Sustainability Curriculum Advisory Committee approved some significant changes to their program in order to better align their close and frequent work with Service Learning efforts. The sustainability minor, which provides foundational knowledge and skills related to the emerging discipline of sustainability, prepares students to become innovators within diverse fields. The program inherently lends itself to the work supported by the Service Learning Initiative here on campus, and an exciting new connection is now possible for students interested in serving their community while learning about sustainability.

The committee approved the substitution of service learning courses to satisfy the sustainability capstone requirement. This means that a student can petition the program coordinator of the sustainability program to count service learning courses toward their minor. If (and when) approved, the student must complete a short (5-10 page) paper connecting their project to themes of sustainability based on their introductory classes (SUST 1103 and 2103). They are also asked to prepare a poster for presentation on Earth Day.

"Service learning classes are exactly the kind of experiences we want our students in the minor to have," says David Hyatt, faculty program coordinator, "Students return from these experiences seeing the world differently." A revised sustainability minor declaration form can be found on the sustainability website. 

"This is an exciting new partnership for both the Sustainability and Service Learning Initiatives," says Jennie Popp, co-chair of the Service Learning Initiative and a member of the committee that initially developed the sustainability minor. "Our many service learning course offerings can serve as excellent pairings for students exploring the minor."

The Service Learning Initiative, begun in 2014, now has offerings for graduate and undergraduate students in nearly every academic discipline and has had over 750 course sections during its history. Students are encouraged to view service-learning course offerings, which are available on the Service Learning Initiative website.

For questions about the sustainability minor, please contact dhyatt@uark.edu.

For questions about taking or teaching service learning courses, please contact jhpopp@uark.edu

About the Service Learning Initiative: The Service Learning Initiative is a joint initiative of the University of Arkansas Provost Office and the Honors College with the purpose of formalizing and expanding Service Learning opportunities on campus. Since 2014, when the Initiative was launched, more than 150 courses have been designated as Service Learning. Each semester, faculty and course instructors are encouraged to apply for Service Learning course designation. More information regarding Service Learning Course Designation can be found on the Service Learning Initiative website.

About the Sustainability Minor: The sustainability minor is an interdisciplinary 18-credit program open to all undergraduate students. The minor provides foundational knowledge and skills related to sustainability and prepares students to become innovators for a better world within their major field of study. Two foundational SUST classes, three electives from a list of over 100, and a capstone experience make up the minor. More information is available on the sustainability minor website.

Contacts

Katie Powell,
Service Learning
479-575-4884, klw038@uark.edu

Kendall Curlee, director of communications
Honors College
479-575-2024, kcurlee@uark.edu

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