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Why Study Sustainable Justice?

Sustainable justice combines sustainability’s three-pronged approach (environment, society and economics) with the environmental justice perspective that issues of race, class, gender and species are integral to our work with the environment and economics. A truly interdisciplinary minor, UW-River Falls sustainable justice program utilizes personalized learning, passionate faculty and vibrant student organizations to provide a well-rounded perspective.

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Skills and Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the interrelated nature of social, economic and environmental issues as they're manifested across different races, genders, species and places.
  • Collaborate with interdisciplinary teams to analyze and envision solutions to eco-justice problems.
  • Utilize and apply knowledge from the environmental humanities and sciences, as well as from diverse human communities.
  • Communicate effectively with a range of audiences.
  • Employ sustainable justice concepts to enhance inclusive well-being across human-to-human and human-to-environment relations.


Types of Courses

  • Collaborative Community-Based Research
  • Defining Sustainability Through Documentary Film
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Foundations of Outdoor Leadership
  • Global Water Resources
  • Literature of Environmental Justice
  • Sustainability from the Perspective of the Arts
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Sustainable Justice Foundations

Our sustainable justice minor provides you with a truly interdisciplinary educational experience. As a part of the minor, you’ll take a Sustainable Justice Foundations course plus three core courses. You’ll complete an internship, practicum or collaborative community-based research project worth three credits in addition to taking nine credit hours of directed electives. Your options for those electives span a wide range of disciplines, including accounting, communication studies, computer science and information systems, English, physical education and teacher education.

Potential Careers

Sustainable justice minors graduate with degrees in a wide variety of areas and can seek roles across the career spectrum. Positions that utilize a sustainable justice education may include:

  • Development Officer
  • Community Organizer
  • Environmental Advocate
  • Environmental or Public Interest Attorney
  • Sustainable Building and Energy Specialist