Global Pathways to Sustainability, Certificate (0472)


Program Coordinator

Jane Olmsted,, (270) 745-5787

The Global Pathways to Sustainability graduate certificate prepares professionals working in organizations and institutions to understand the complex environmental and social problems and apply community-based solutions. The certificate offers a multidisciplinary study of the environmental, social, and policy dimensions of sustainability. Students will gain an understanding of theoretical and practical aspects of sustainability and will participate in community-based projects. The program consists of 15 hours, including two core courses, SUST 512 and SUST 514, and three electives drawn from three categories: social and human impact; environmental health and education; and policy and practice. Courses may be taken in any order, but students are encouraged to take the two core courses early in the certificate program.

Program Admission

Admission will be based on prior academic performance (transcripts required), a statement of interest, resume, and two letters of recommendation affirming the applicant’s potential to do well in graduate school.  Students already pursuing a WKU master’s program need submit only transcripts, statement of interest, and any letters submitted as part of the master’s application.

Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.

Program Requirements (15 hours)

Required Courses
SUST 512Foundations of Sustainability3
SUST 514Environmental Justice and Public Spaces3
Select one of the following:3
Gender, Justice, and Sustainability
Utopias, Dystopias, & Intentional Communities
Place and the Problem of Healing
Global Aging
Select one of the following:3
Survey of Business Sustainability Issues
Sustainable Business Operations
Sustainability, Innovation, and Entrepreneurship
Investigating and Evaluating Environmental Issues
Principles of Environmental Health
Select one of the following:3
Community-based Research Methods
Environmental Justice: Theory, Policy, and Practice
Sustainable Places
Organizational Change for Sustainability
Total Hours15