• The Sustainable Development and CSB teams posing in front of the Reflection Pool at Angkor Wat
    Cambodia The Sustainable Development and CSB teams posing in front of the Reflection Pool at Angkor Wat
  • Charlie Baldwin, Connor Luther, Eleni O'flarity,  Kevin Hoogenboom, Amberlyn Alualu, Emma Fried, and Melanie Grinnel at our favorite taco stand!
    Nicaragua Charlie Baldwin, Connor Luther, Eleni O'flarity, Kevin Hoogenboom, Amberlyn Alualu, Emma Fried, and Melanie Grinnel at our favorite taco stand!
  • Fracking Well Pad
    Pennsylvania Fracking Fracking Well Pad
  • The people in the rural village do not own cars so they must use other means of transportation and find alternative yet efficient ways of carrying heavy items along the dirt road and in the hot sun.
    Nicaragua The people in the rural village do not own cars so they must use other means of transportation and find alternative yet efficient ways of carrying heavy items along the dirt road and in the hot sun.


PLEASE NOTE: As of Fall 2018, this program is not accepting new minors


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The Office of Interdisciplinary Programs normal business hours are Monday through Friday, 8 am to 4:30 pm.

Spring 2021 Courses 

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SDEV 011-010 Social Research for Engineering Projects  
Professor Pooley / Section 010 / CRN 12577 / SS / 1-2 credits

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Fall 2020 Courses 

SDEV.ES 310-010 Foundations Sustainable Development T 7:55-10:35 am, 4 credits
Professor Morris CRN 42326 SS

SDEV 372-010 Independent Study: Sustainable Development 1-4 credits
Professor Morris CRN 41909 ES, HU, SS

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Summer 2020 Courses
SDEV 372-010 Independent Study: Sustainable Development 4 credits
Multiple setions available HU, SS, Instructor permission needed

Fall 2019 Courses

SDEV 010-10 Challenges of Sustainable Development (SS , 4 credits) CBE Global CRN 42068
M, W 1:35 - 2:50 p.m.  
Professor Morris
SDEV 203-10 Research in Sustainable Development (SS , 2-4 credits) CRN 44523
Instructor permission required.
Professor Morris
ECO 303-10 Economic Development (SS , 3 credits) CRN 41342
T, R 10:45 - 12:00 p.mm  
Professor Brunstein
ES, SDEV 310-10 Foundations of Sustainable Development Practice (SS , 4 credits) CRN 42518
M 7:55 - 10:35 a.m.  
Professor Morris
POLS, ENTP 310-10 Social Entrepreneurship: How to Change the World (SS , 4 credits) CRN 41647
T 7:15 - 9:55 p.m.  
Professor Jennings
SDEV 372-10 Independent Study (HU, SS , 1-4 credits) CRN 42069
Instructor permission required.
Professor Morris 

Spring 2019 Courses

SDEV 010-010  Challenges of Sustainable Development (SS) 
CRN 19130 / 4 credits / ES, CBE Global / M, W 12:45 - 2:00 p.m. / Prof. Morris
History and principles of sustainable development, including their application to projects in both rich and poor countries. Survey of current environmental, social and economic challenges to sustainable development. Philosophy and ethics of external intervention for poverty alleviation and green development, especially in poor societies. Integrated approaches to sustainable development practice, including the inter-relationship of the health sciences, natural sciences, social sciences and management.   
SDEV 011-010  Social Research for Engineers (SS) 
CRN 17726 / 1-2 credits / Prof. Morris and Stanlick
Research project under the supervision of faculty.   
SDEV 201-010  Sustainable Development Solutions, I (SS) 
Instructor permission required
CRN 16783 / 3 credits / ES / Prof. Morris
Projects practicum in which cross-disciplinary teams of 5-6 students focus on understanding the context of a particular NGO amidst the broader social, economic, and scientific challenges to sustainable development. Analytic techniques for designing, implementing and evaluating projects. Nuts and bolts of development practice. Teams work on needs assessment related to their NGO’s proposed goals and devise innovative solutions for implementing development projects. On-the-ground field experience, whether international or domestic, is required. Course fee may apply. Oral presentations and written reports. Prerequisite: SDEV 010 or permission of the Program Director.   
SDEV 202-010  Sustainable Development Solutions, II (SS) 
Instructor permission required
CRN 19132 / 2-4 credits / ES / Prof. Morris
Continuation and extension of projects begun in SDEV 201. Refine implementation strategies and develop project evaluation protocol. Oral presentations and written reports. Prerequisite: SDEV 201.   
SDEV 203-010  Research in Sustainable Development (SS) 
Instructor permission required
CRN 16784 / 2-4 credits / ES / Prof. Morris
Students will work on sustainable development research projects not involving field work.  May be repeatable for a maximum of 4 credits. Prerequisite: SDEV 010 and instructor permission.   
SDEV, ENTP 307-010  International Social Entrepreneurship (SS, BUG) 
Instructor permission required
CRN 17245 / 4 credits / CBE Global / M, W 12:45 -2:00 p.m. / Prof. Watkins
International social entrepreneurship aims to change the world through innovation in solving social problems. Focus on the nexus between social entrepreneurship and development practice, especially in relation to NGOs. Emphasis on acquiring the tools and conceptual framework to launch a new social venture through real world hands-on field work and team-oriented learning by doing. Exposure to best practices in field methods with respect to development projects, to how to affect meaningful social change in poor countries, to generate and evaluate innovative ideas for poverty reduction, to develop those ideas into concrete on-the-ground start-up plans, and to take initial steps to implement them. It is recommended, but not required, that students have some previous experience with development or entrepreneurship, such as through enrollment in ENTP 101 or IR 322 or ECO 303 or CEE 205.   
SDEV 372 – Multiple Sections Independent Study in Sustainable Development (HU, SS)
Instructor permission required
CRN specific to section / 1-4 credits / ES 
Opportunity for students to pursue individual sustainable development projects or continue work begin in SDEV 201/202. May not count towards minor's credit requirements. Consent of department required.
CINQ 397-023   Inquiry to Impact (I2I) Group Projects, “Engaging the Private Sector in the UN SDGs”
CRN 19338 / 3 credits / SDEV / Department Permission Required / T,R 1:10 - 2:25 p.m. / Profs Ward and Watkins
An academic vehicle for ambitious interdisciplinary projects with teams systematically advancing projects over multiple semesters and years with aspirations for large-scale impact. CINQ 397 houses projects that need longer time horizons, larger and more diverse cross-functional teams, and diverse resources and partnerships across their lifecycle. CINQ 397 is the preferred channel for continuation of Mountaintop summer projects into the academic year with students, faculty, and external partners coming together and identifying new trajectories to advance knowledge and praxis in their intersectional fields every semester. Student teams advance projects forward during the semester and then pass the baton to the next team in the next semester. Students are welcome to stay on a project for several semesters (assuming productive engagement) or transition to other projects or not engage on any I2I projects or serve on the advisory board during particularly busy semesters.
Inquiry to Impact projects may be entrepreneurial in nature, or be focused on fundamental research, or be related to sustainable development, visual or performing arts, public humanities, community engagement, or the K-12 system. There are no subject matter / content restrictions on the kinds of projects whatsoever, but it is essential that the projects are interdisciplinary in nature, leverage open-ended iterative inquiry-driven intellectual pathways, and strive to create tangible, measurable value. The projects may advance knowledge forward, or may advance praxis, or birth new creative expression...but there is a preference for intersectional ideas that have the potential for large-scale impact.




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