Sustainability-related courses explore social, economic and environmental dimensions of sustainability challenges and solutions. The courses vary in the degree to which sustainability is a focus of study and are classified into two categories. Sustainability Investigations courses (SINV) engage students in a deep and focused study of problems with sustainability as a major emphasis of the course. Sustainability Connections courses (SCON) engage students in making connections between the main topic of the course and sustainability. Sustainability is related to but is not a major focus of SCON courses. Beginning with the Class of 2019, all students must complete a sustainability course as a graduation requirement.

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Sustainability Courses
in Summer 2020


Course Number/Term Title/Instructor/Description Designation
Summer 2020
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Pomales, Tony
This course is a comprehensive introduction to how cultural anthropologists study culture and society in diverse contexts. We will use ethnographic case studies from across the world to examine the ways people experience and transform social relationships and culture in areas including families, gender, ethnicity, health, religion, exchange, science, and even what it means to be a person. We will examine how culture and society are embedded within, shape, and are shaped by forces of economics, politics, and environment. Offered every semester.


Course Number/Term Title/Instructor/Description Designation
Summer 2020
Introduction to Organisms, Populations, and Ecosystems: Topics in Field Natural History
Wingert, Harold
During the past fifty years, people have become nearly isolated from their natural environment.  Fewer small farms, urbanization, the expansion of suburbs, air conditioning, mall shopping, posted land, less access to waterways, forgotten victory gardens and a host of other societal changes as created a generation that is suffering from Nature Deficient Disorder. Even the science of Biology has become more concentrated in the cellular and molecular realm than the field sciences. This course will explore the realm of field biology and natural history in the Carlisle area and familiarize students with some of the common forms of life outside the classroom. Being familiar with the organisms that compose ecosystems enables a student to have a better understanding of the principals of ecology everywhere in the world. Most labs will be out or doors. Research during this course will focus on issues of sustainability. If we are to sustain our environment, we must manage it more sustainably or endure the fate of many global areas of desertification.