New Mexico State University has caught on to the universal movement transforming the job market for graduating students—a movement that benefits the student, the university and the planet. By implementing four sustainability minors in the colleges of Engineering; Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences; Business; and Arts and Sciences, management professor and faculty coordinator David Boje is “greening the curriculum.” The 18-credit, university-wide undergraduate minor offered in three tracks allows students to explore challenges in local and global sustainability.
A graduate minor in sustainability will serve as a master of business administration minor and will eventually be added to any NMSU graduate program degree. A graduate certificate offering an integrated series of courses that comprise a multidisciplinary study of the environmental, social, cultural and economic dimensions of sustainability will be available soon.
“Accounting, Engineering and Hotel, Restaurant and Tourism Management are really focused on getting their students placed at major institutions and corporations,” Boje said. Sustainable careers are expanding in agriculture and forestry, energy, environmental protection, governmental and regulatory administration, green construction, manufacturing, recycling and waste reduction, research, design, transportation and consulting services.
The program was tailored after the Arts and Sciences’ existing sustainability minor in NMSU’s Anthropology Department. Boje’s goals are to expand the courses in the College of Health and Social Services and to help the College of Education identify courses to implement into their curriculum. http://greening.nmsu.edu/