Urban Sustainability

What is Urban Sustainability?

The Urban Sustainability major examines the human and environmental dimensions of cities in the United States and around the world. The curriculum incorporates approaches from a range of disciplines including urban planning, environmental policy, economics, political science, and history. The program emphasizes analytic and communication skills, which are valued by a range of employers. The program provides an excellent foundation for students pursuing graduate studies in a range of social science disciplines.

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Urban Sustainability Degrees

Urban Planning and Sustainable Development, BA

Learn and apply innovative approaches to solving complex problems facing communities from the local to the global level. The program stresses progressive change leading towards equitable, healthful, livable, and sustainable communities with an emphasis on social and environmental justice, multiculturalism, diversity, and under-served communities.

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Kathryn Patrick, Huxley College Professional Advisor
Kathryn.Patrick@wwu.edu | 360-650-3520

Nicholas Zaferatos, Planning Program Faculty Advisor
Nicholas.Zaferatos@wwu.edu |

Urban Sustainability, BA

Examine the human and environmental dimensions of cities in the United States and around the world. Classes incorporate approaches from urban planning, environmental policy, economics, political science, and history. The program provides an excellent foundation for students pursuing graduate studies in a range of social science disciplines.

Contact

Paul Stangl, Urban Sustainability Faculty Advisor
stanglp@wwu.edu | 360-650-2793

Why Consider an Urban Sustainability Major?

Do you want to acquire knowledge and skills that promote positive change in the urban environment and learn about creating more livable communities through different disciplinary perspectives? Do you enjoy the challenge of solving complex problems in both natural settings and urban communities? Are you committed towards building a more equitable and sustainable society? Then a major in Urban Sustainability is the major for you.

Urban Sustainability Careers

  • Sustainable Development Consultant
  • Urban Development Consultant
  • Non-Profit Organizations
  • Urban Advocacy Work
  • Graduate Studies in Professional Urban Programs

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Explore Courses

ENVS 303 - Introduction to Environmental Studies I: Human Ecology and Ethics 

ENVS 429 - Pyrogeography

ENVS 443 - Social Justice and the City 

ENVS 463 - Native American Planning and Natural Resources Policy 

HIST 410 - The First Cities: Urbanization in the Ancient World 

UEPP 270 - Cities, Nature and Society

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