Sustainable Development (BA)

This degree program introduces students to innovative modes of interdisciplinary scholarship in sustainable development; fosters leadership in sustainability and effective environmental citizenship; promotes ecological literacy; and provides students with the opportunity to self-design a concentration that matches their interests and career goals. 

Students who have graduated with a BA in Sustainable Development currently work across a broad spectrum of sustainability-oriented careers, including environmental public policy, green building and high performance building technology, sustainability education, watershed conservation, agritourism, and farm management. Other students who have graduated with the BA in Sustainable Development are pursuing graduate study in a variety of programs, including international development, political science, environmental law, food systems, sustainable tourism, wildlife management, urban planning, and theology.

The BA degree program has self-designed focus and skills areas; requires the intermediate sequence of foreign language courses; and requires a minor.

At Appalachian State University, a program of study is a checksheet that outlines a major's critical requirements, courses, and optimal course sequences and helps students get on the right track to graduation. Click below to see the BA Sustainable Development degree requirements.


Dr. Sandra Lubarsky, Chair
Sustainable Development Department
Living Learning Center

Sandy Wilson
Administrative Assistant


The Goodnight Family Sustainable Development Department invites applications for a tenure-track, nine-month faculty position at the rank of Assistant Professor, beginning August 2015. We seek broadly trained applicants with expertise in Culture and Environment, whose work is in the environmental humanities and/or the humanistic social sciences and situated in the larger context of sustainable development. The area of specialization is open. Candidates must have a PhD by the beginning of the appointment. (More info)


Accepting Applications for SD Teaching & Research Farm Resident

Now accepting applications for an open residency spot on the SD Teaching & Research Farm.

Rent-free in exchange for ten hours of farm work per week.  Open until filled. Contact Brooke Kornegay at

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