The sustainability studies major focuses on the relationship between human beings (both individually and collectively) and the natural world.
In keeping with the liberal arts mission of the College, the sustainability studies program is committed to both interdisciplinary and experiential explorations of sustainable development and sustainability—the challenge of meeting needs of the present (such as health, energy, food, shelter, and transportation) while ensuring a viable world for future generations.
The mission of the program is to prepare students for positions of leadership in sustainable development and studies, ‘through an informed and dynamic leadership model in sustainability and environmental citizenship. Increasingly, the issues of most pressing national and global need are found within the areas of sustainable development and sustainability. Issues of sustainable economic development (e.g. ecotourism, energy independence), maintenance of healthy communities (e.g. water quality, green space design), and environmental conservation (e.g. habitat connectivity) loom large and increasingly offer employment and graduate program opportunities to students.
The professional climate surrounding Davis & Elkins College offers sustainability studies students a wide range of possible internships. The West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, the U.S. Forest Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service all have main offices in Elkins. The Monongahela National Forest, the Fernow Experimental Forest, Canaan Valley National Wildlife Refuge, and the Bowden Fish Hatchery are all nearby. Mead Westvaco's Wildlife and Ecosystem Research Forest is located nearby in Randolph County. In addition, The Nature Conservancy also maintains an office in Elkins.
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