Courses / Degree Requirements for the BA in Sustainable Living
To graduate with a BA in Sustainable Living, students must successfully complete:
- All general requirements for a bachelor’s degree
- 52 credits of credits of coursework in the area of Sustainable Living, as follows:
16 credits of SL core courses
SL—E101: Energy and Sustainability (4 credits)
SL—G101: Permaculture Design (4 credits)
SL—G201 CCTS: Ecology (4 credits)
SL—P101: Global Sustainability (4 credits)
Plus 4 credits of Sustainable Living Internship
Up to 12 additional credits of Sustainable Living Internship can be applied towards the elective requirement (see below).
Plus 32 credits of Sustainable Living elective courses
Students may concentrate 26-32 credits of their electives in Sustainable Living learning communities to complete 1-2 modules (two semesters). The remainder of electives can be chosen from stand-alone Sustainable Living courses, or from the following:
MATH 170: Math for Sustainable Living (4 credits)
MGT 431: Entrepreneurship – Concept to Market (4 credits)
GOV 402: Making Peace with the Earth (4 credits)
Plus Project portfolio and written reflection
Present an online portfolio of 2-4 completed projects with a written reflective component — students reflect, in writing, on what they’ve learned, how they’ve learned it, how this learning fits into their larger career and life goals, what they might have done differently, and so on as outlined by academic advisor. Project portfolio and written reflection will be reviewed at the time of the Senior Comprehensive Exam.
Requirements for Learning Communities
Our goal is to give students the skills to rethink every aspect of human endeavor in terms of sustainability. To complement this breadth, we provide depth in key areas through four or more course sequences. We call these course sequences learning communities.
A key component of each learning community is an integrated project that students undertake throughout the learning community, ending with a presentation of the project at the end of the learning community. Completed projects are then collected and displayed in an online portfolio, resulting in a collection of 2-4 projects. Below is a listing of learning communities and the courses that comprise them.
Design & Build EcoVillages
SL—B202: EcoVillage Systems Integration (8 credits)
SL—B203: EcoVillage Design Studio (4 credits)
From Rocks and Water to Life and Soils
SL—G375: Living Laboratory of Earth Systems: Discovering Connections Among the Spheres (8 credits)
SL—G195: Living Systems (4 credits)
SL—A301: Soil Ecology (4 credits)
Regenerative Organic Agriculture
SL—A340: Soil Science (4 credits)
SL—A202: Biodynamic Agriculture (4 credits)
SL—A341: How to Prepare Your Organic Field (3 credits)
SL—A342: Planting, Plant Care, and Maintenance (3 credits)
SL—A343: Pest Scouting and Weed Management (3 credits)
SL—A344: Harvesting and Succession Planting (3 credits)
SL—A345: Cold Season Cropping and Season Extension Methods (3 credits)
SL—A346: Long-Term Storage Crops and End of Season Preparations (3 credits)
Note: This concentration must be taken in its entirety and in sequence.
Hawaiian Laboratory for Deep Sustainability & Transformative Leadership
SL-H101: Hawaii Laboratory for Deep Sustainability and Transformative Leadership I: The Nature of Life is Growth
Mauo, the Hawaiian word for sustainability meaning “perpetual well-being” is the lens through which this course explores transformative leadership and deep sustainability. Through this lens, we explore the perpetual well-being that facilitates the growth of personal, cultural, social, and planetary life. The course cultivates an awareness of the leading-edge cultural worldview necessary for flourishing in the 21st century and beyond.
Students live and learn how, in this evolutionary age, individual mindsets facilitate intercultural development and planetary flourishing. In addition to place-based learning, class-based learning, and self-inquiry, the course includes experiential field visits to sustainability and cultural practitioners across Big Island, Hawaii. Students visit an intentional community, are oriented to Hawaiian cultures and sustainability, receive training in interpersonal communication, conduct service work with native Hawaiian non-profit organizations, and plant sandalwood trees to offset our carbon footprints.
This course sets the stage for students to develop into globally-aware citizens with the mindsets, lenses, and skills to address the challenges and assure the flourishing of individuals, organizations, and communities. Topics include interpersonal communications, adult development, community development, organization development, integral theory, deep sustainability, and transformative leadership.
Dates: Jan 15 – 27, 2018
Professor: Dr. Devon Almond with guest faculty
SL-H102: Hawaii Laboratory for Deep Sustainability and Transformative Leadership II: Outer Depends on Inner
This course aims to uncover student’s unique places in an evolving world. With the understanding that 21 st century leadership firstly involves managing personal energies and becoming a more integrated person, in which we become more of who we already are, we explore an ecology of leadership for life-work. We learn how the leading-edge of work in the 19 th century were jobs disconcerting of the planet; the leading-edge of work in 20 th century were careers with minimal consideration of the planet; and, now in the 21st century, the leading-edge of our service in the world is a uniquely connective life-work that integrates leadership, sustainability, community, and consciousness. Held in the vibrant, life-affirming personal, cultural, social, and planetary context of rural Hawaii, students explore unique strengths, passions, and life directions in service of a deeply sustainable, evolving world. Experiential learning through service work and field visits with local practitioners provide models for life possibilities. The course also utilizes guest faculty who facilitate a Transcendental Meditation rounding course and self-development course based on The Artist’s Way text. Topics include personal strengths/typologies, multiple intelligences, perspective-taking, systems thinking, sustainable living, 21 st century leadership, world wisdom, perennial philosophy, positive psychology, and self-narratives.
Dates: Jan 30 – Feb 23, 2018
Professor: Dr. Devon Almond with guest faculty
(Optional add-on) SL-G398: Internship in Hawaii
Graduation Requirements for the Minor in Sustainable Living
To graduate with a minor in Sustainable Living, students must complete 16 credits in a single learning community (module) plus one 4-credit core course for a total of 20 credits. Alternatively, students may choose to take the 16-credit module of SL core courses plus one 4-credit SL elective for a total of 20 credits.