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|Restrictions:||Gustavus applicants only|
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|Program Provider:||HECUA - Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs||Program Term(s):||Semester only|
|Minimum Class Standing:||Sophomore||Minimum GPA:||2.50|
|Prerequisites:||No||Previous Language Study Req?:||No|
|Language of Instruction:||English||Language courses offered:||None|
|Housing Options:||Apartment (Shared), Student responsibility||Areas of Study:||Community Service, Earth Science, Ecology, Environmental Studies, Sciences, Social Policy & Administration, Sustainability, Sustainable Development, Urban Studies|
|Program Design:||Group based, Set Curriculum, Study Center, Theme based||Additional Program Options:||Community Engagement, Internship|
These four linked semester courses reveal the dynamic interplay between ecological and social change. Coursework is interdisciplinary and discussion wide-ranging, pulling from field observations, conversations with community partners, written material, and lectures. The class works to support ecosystems restoration and organizing efforts in the Twin Cities area and greater Minnesota.
Students explore structural inequalities in their own communities, examining patterns of privilege, power, and oppression. They study the restoration of degraded ecosystems, witness and participate in citizen science, and assess how policies and partnerships foster ecologically sound social transformation. Past internship placements for Environmental Sustainability include the Land Stewardship Project, MN350.org, and Spark-Y Youth Action Labs.
Students leave prepared for advanced leadership at the intersection of environmental and climate justice, with a profound understanding of the work being done locally and nationally in those fields.
HighlightsThe program includes field experiences that focus on basic ecosystem evaluation. Short trips throughout the semester offer opportunities to integrate theory and practice. As part of the field methods course students carry out on-the-ground research as part of a community-based project. HECUA also designs an internship experience for all students that meets personal learning goals and connects program themes. Extraordinary mentors in the environmental arena lead students to participate in meaningful work during the internship portion of the program.
Bachelors Degree (Undergraduate)
* You must have completed your first year in college
* You must be in good academic standing - 2.75 GPA at Gustavus
* You must meet all requirements of the specific HECUA program
* You must complete all home campus requirements for off-campus study
All students are welcome on HECUA programs. Selection is based on your completed application, past academic performance, recommendations,and the match between the program and your own interests, goals and expectations. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
- Sustainable agriculture
- Environmental Monitoring
- Ecological Restoration
- Policy & Research Development
- Community Organizing
- Urban Planning
- Environmental Education
Member and non-member schools use different fee structures. Check the HECUA website, here, for the most up-to-date information.
Program fees include:
Tuition, internship placement and supervision and all course-related field visits.
No. Think this program is just for science students? Think again! This program integrates natural and social sciences within a social justice framework and no course prerequisites are required.
This Program is open to
Undergraduate students currently enrolled in a US college or university.
Scholarships are Available
HECUA provides $750 Scholarships for Community Engagement, $1,500 Scholarships for Social Justice and $4,000 Scholarships for Racial Justice for semester-length programs each fall and spring. More information about the application process for either scholarship is available on the HECUA website, here, or by contacting the organization.
Application Process Involves
- Online or Paper Application
- Letters of Reference
More info at the HECUA Environmental Sustainability webpage >>>
HECUA. Gustavus belongs to the HECUA Consortium, so we are a part of the organization that offers this program. Any eligible Gustavus student is welcome to participate in this program.
Application process. Gustavus students will first apply for Gustavus approval through this website. Once approved by Gustavus to participate, you will then complete an online HECUA application as well. Note that Gustavus has a nonrefundable application fee of $70 (required for all Gustavus study away applicants), and that HECUA has a separate nonrefundable application fee of $50.
Advising at Gustavus. If you would like to speak with a Gustavus program advisor, please see our Advising page for more information.