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Sustainability and Management

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As society tackles increasingly complex environmental, economic, and social problems, we are going to need leaders with an understanding of both the principles of sustainability and the management of organizations. The Sustainability and Management Integrated Pathway seeks to provide students with:

  • An understanding of environmental issues that will face future organizational leaders.
  • An understanding of how business and governmental organizations function.
  • Knowledge about the use of systems-thinking and triple bottom line decision-making.
  • Skills from both management and sustainability that can be combined to create more sustainable business and government organizations.


Gene Hambrick
Director of the Center of Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Executive in Residence

Thor Hogan
Associate Professor of Politics and Environmental Sustainability

Rebecca Jestice
Director of Global Management Program; Associate Professor of Global Management

Karen Mager
Assistant Professor of Environmental Sustainability

Jamey Pavey
Director of the Center for Environmental Leadership

Plan of Study


One of the following Environmental Natural Sciences Courses:

  • ENSU 151 Environment, Science and Sustainability
  • GEOL 201 Earth and the Environment

One of the following Environmental Social Sciences Courses:

  • ENSU 141 Environment, Society and Sustainability
  • ENSU 310 Applications of GIS in Social Sciences: Politics, Business, Crime And Urban Ecology
  • ENSU 322 Climate Policy
  • ENSU 326 U.S. Environmental and Natural Resource Policy
  • ENSU 343 Economics of the Environment
  • ENSU 370 Psychology of Sustainability

One additional course from either of above two categories

One of the following Management Courses:

  • MGMT 141 World of Business
  • MGMT 200 Financial Accounting

One of the following additional Management Courses:

  • MGMT 221 Introduction to Global SCM Management
  • MGMT 306 Ennovation Lab
  • MGMT 313 Social Entrepreneurship

Additional courses will be considered by petition.


Co-Curricular Activity

Students shall complete one of the following co-curricular activities:

  • Student Sustainability Corps staff
  • Serve on Sustainability Progress Committee
  • Participate in business plan competitions (Earlham Prize or Hult Prize) 
  • EPIC Advantage or summer research focused on sustainability and/or management as approved by Integrated Pathway faculty
  • Other opportunities considered by petition as approved by Integrated Pathway faculty


Culminating Experience 

Create a portfolio of your experiences within the program. The purpose of this project is to sharpen student self-knowledge and self-awareness so they can describe their accomplishments accurately and with self-confidence as they enter into the World Beyond Earlham. The portfolio will include a compilation of documents, as well as two original assignments that will require them to spend significant time in deep reflection regarding their intellectual development in the IP. Each portfolio will be unique to the particular student, but must include some basic elements:

  • An annotated bibliography of the 10 most significant scholarly books/articles read in college (at least seven from courses completed as part of the IP).
  • A 1,500 word intellectual autobiography that reviews your development in the IP.
  • In addition to these elements, students must include two mandatory documents, and two optional documents:
    • Past paper written for an IP course.
    • Past examination from an IP course.
    • Assessment letter from an on-campus or off-campus work supervisor.
    • Essay on summer job, work-study or internship accomplishments.
    • Any published work that you have produced.
    • Application for a fellowship, scholarship, off-campus study or graduate school.

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