Courses with Sustainability

A group of students gather around outside to learn about sustainable practices first-hand.

Luther College offers both a major and a minor in environmental studies as well as many courses open to all students. From biology to philosophy, geology to sociology, environmental studies is a truly interdisciplinary and engaged course of study. Many of our courses utilize the local area for intensive study beyond the classroom, and all of our students are encouraged to broaden their horizons through off-campus studies.

The following is a list of courses identified through a faculty survey in which sustainability is relevant to the course objectives. This list includes sustainability focused/related courses in addition to courses where the relationship to sustainability is not as significant.

Sustainability-Focused Courses

A course is defined as sustainability-focused if faculty consider sustainability extremely or very important to course objectives, and 21-100 percent of class time deals with sustainability.

ART 139
BIO 139/239: Ecology of the Southwest
BIO 185: Natural History of Food
BIO 365: Ecology
ECON 139/239: J-term in Brazil
ECON 255: Environmental Economics
ENG 212: Creative Writing: Poetry and Fiction I
ENVS 130: Environmental Forays
ENVS 133: Environmental Conservation
ENVS 485: Environmental Studies Seminar
HLTH 249: Personal and Community Health
PAID II 450: Ethics, Energy, and Climate Policy
PAID II 450: Contemporary ethical issues in the Mediterranean
PAID II 450: Biodiversity
PAID II 450: Contemporary ethical issues in Scandinavia and the Baltic
PAID II 450: Food and the Environment
PAID II 450: Making Peace and Breaking Bread
PAID II 450: Green Germany
PAID II 450: Health Care Ethics
PHIL 140: Environmental Philosophy
PHIL 185: Ethics and Animals
REL 341: Environmental Ethics
SOC 356: Environmental Sociology
TH/D 126: Movement Fundamentals I: Practices of Alignment and Function
TH/D 130: Contact Improvisation

Sustainability-Related Courses

A course is defined as sustainability-related if faculty consider sustainability extremely or very important to course objectives but only deal with sustainability for 0-20 percent of class time, or if they consider sustainability moderately important to course objectives and 0-100 percent of class time deals with sustainability.

AFST 239: New Hope Summer Camp, South Africa
ANTH/AFST 221: Anthropology in East Africa: Culture Change Among the Maasai
ENG 312: Creative Writing: Poetry and Fiction II
GER 201: Intermediate German
MGT 362: Entrepreneurship
PAID II 450: Maltese Language, History, Life, and Culture
PE 100: Fit and Well
PE 110: Fly Fishing
PHIL 139: Technology and the  Human Condition
POLS 130: American Politics
POLS 132: Global Politics
POLS 258: Environmental Politics and Policy
PSYC 240: Psychology of Aging
REL 185: Religion, Ethics, and Animal Welfare
REL 241: Christian Ethics
SW 303: Human Behavior in the Social Environment II

Additional Courses

ART 266: Printmaking
BIO 151: Principles of Biology: Ecology, Evolution, and Biodiversity
BIO 252: Botany
BIO 354: Evolutionary Biology
CHEM 241: Organic Chemistry I
CHEM 242: Organic Chemistry II
EDUC 228: Art in Elementary Schools
EDUC 329: Elementary Science Methods
ENG 363: Milton
ENG 365: British Romanticism: Revolution, Nature, and the Imagination
ENVS 134: Environmental Geology
ENVS 239: Earth's Climate History
EPL 450: Global Citizenship
HIST 101: Introduction to the History of the United States for Elementary School Teachers
HIST 291: Environmental History
MGT 351: Principles of Marketing
NURS 477: Synthesis of Nursing Practice
PSYC 130: General Psychology
PSYC 185: You’re as young as you feel: The psychology of aging
PSYC 239: Psychology of Aging
REL 337: God and Gender
SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology
SOC 453: Seminar: Law and Human Rights
SPAN 201: Intermediate Spanish
SW 401: Social Work Practice III
WGST 468 Seminar: Gender, Globalization and Development

Study Away During J-Term!

Here are some examples of environmental studies-approved courses offered during J-Term:

  • Anthropology in East Africa: Culture Change Among the Maasai (blog)
  • Ecology of the Southwest (blog)
  • Ecology of Ecuador (blog)
  • Green Germany: Advanced Models of Sustainability (blog)
  • Impacts of Mining and Tourism on Indigenous Peoples and the Environment in northern Chile (blog)