School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University
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School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism - George Mason University

The School of Recreation, Health, and Tourism (SRHT) offers exciting, career-ready majors in dynamic fields such as athletic training, tourism and events management, health and physical education, kinesiology, sport management, and recreation management. SRHT features renowned faculty, cutting-edge research, six laboratories and centers, and a diverse student body of more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year. Each major requires one or more internship or clinical experiences, ensuring that students graduate not just with a transcript but with a resume that demonstrates their professional aptitude and skills.

Sustainability Studies Undergraduate Minor

The core principle of sustainability is the desire to meet the basic material needs of the current generation without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their needs.

In order to achieve this goal, we must recognize and address the conflicts and trade-offs involved in balancing environmental integrity, social equity, and economic stability. Such complex work necessarily involves contributions from a wide range of disciplines, and it also requires a re-examination of the relationship between human value systems and cultural practices and the associated long-term implications for the ecosystem. This interdisciplinary minor is housed jointly in the Department of Environmental Science and Policy (College of Science) and in the New Century College (College of Humanities and Social Sciences).

Required courses (8 credits)

  • INTS 210: Sustainable World (4 credit hours)
  • EVPP 480: Sustainability in Action (4 credit hours)

Electives (8 credits)

A maximum of 2 courses from a single department or program can be counted for elective credit. Preapproved courses are listed here and others may be substituted (see the program coordinator for further information).

  • EVPP 110: The Ecosphere: An Introduction to Environmental Science I (Mason Core)
  • EVPP 201: Environment and You: Issues for the Twenty-First Century (Mason Core)
  • EVPP 322: Business and Sustainability
  • EVPP 336: Human Dimensions of the Environment
  • EVPP 337: Environmental Policy Making in Developing Countries
  • EVPP 338: Economics of Environmental Policy
  • EVPP 355: Ecological Engineering and Ecosystem Restoration
  • EVPP 361: Introduction to Environmental Policy
  • EVPP 362: Intermediate Environmental Policy
  • EVPP 378: RS: Ecological Sustainability (Mason Core)
  • EVPP 421: Marine Conservation
  • BIOL 379: RS: Ecological Sustainability (Mason Core)
  • CHEM 155: Introduction to Environmental Chemistry I (Mason Core)
  • CLIM 101: Global Warming: Weather, Climate, and Society (Mason Core)
  • GEOL 305: Geology
  • GGS 102: Physical Geography (Mason Core)
  • GGS 103: Human Geography (Mason Core)
  • GGS 121: Dynamic Atmosphere and Hydrosphere (Mason Core)
  • GGS 122: Dynamic Geosphere and Ecosphere
  • GGS 302: Global Environmental Hazards
  • GGS 303: Geography of Resource Conservation (Mason Core)
  • GGS 304: Population Geography (Mason Core)
  • GGS 307: Sustainable Development
  • GGS 312 Physical Climatology or CLIM 312 Physical Climatology
  • GGS 314 Severe and Extreme Weather or CLIM 314 Severe and Extreme Weather
  • GGS 319 Air Pollution or CLIM 319 Air Pollution
  • PHYS 331: Fundamentals of Renewable Energy
  • PHYS 385: Materials Science with Applications to Renewable Energy
  • ANTH 370: Environment and Culture
  • AVT 385: EcoArt (Mason Core)
  • CEIE 355: Environmental Engineering and Science
  • CEIE 401: Sustainable Land Development
  • CEIE 450: Environmental Engineering Systems
  • CONS 401: Conservation Theory
  • CONS 404: Biodiversity Monitoring
  • CONS 410: Human Dimensions in Conservation (Mason Core)
  • CONS 411: Science Communication for Conservation
  • ECON 105: Environmental Economics for the Citizen (Mason Core)
  • ECON 335: Environmental Economics
  • INTS 102: Networks and Communities
  • INTS 211: Introduction to Conservation Studies (Mason Core)
  • INTS 311: The Mysteries of Migration: Consequences for Conservation (Mason Core)
  • INTS 318: Exploring Virginia's Watersheds
  • INTS 334: Environmental Justice (Mason Core)
  • INTS 338: Animal Rights and Humane Education
  • INTS 401: Conservation Biology (Mason Core)
  • INTS 402: Plants and People - Sustenance, Ceremony, and Sustainability
  • PHIL 343: Topics in Environmental Philosophy (Mason Core)
  • PRLS 250: Wilderness Travel and Sustainability
  • PRLS 300: People with Nature
  • PRLS 402: Behavior in Natural Environments
  • PRLS 501: to Natural Resources Law
  • SOCI 320: Globalization and Social Change (Mason Core)
  • TOUR 340: Sustainable Tourism
  • USST 301: Urban Growth in a Shrinking World

Total: 16 credits

For more information about this minor, contact:

Andrew Wingfield, Asst Professor 
Dann Sklarew, Assoc, Professor,