Sustainable Development (BS) - Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture Concentration

B.S. Agroecology & Sustainable Agriculture Concentration: Critically examine through theory and practice (or hands-on learning) the sustainability of agricultural and food systems using agroecological theories as well as philosophical and ethical perspectives.

The Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture concentration is designed to provide the students with the theoretical and practical skills  necessary for careers in food and agriculture. Through an interdisciplinary curriculum, students will learn to analyze and reflect upon the ecological, economic, political, social, cultural and philosophical issues that define contemporary food systems as well as learn to critically examine their sustainability. The SD program operates a small farm in the community of Fleetwood for practical teaching, research and demonstration of organic and low external input practices for the production of crops, livestock, fruits and vegetables. Classes, labs, workshops and internships are offered in collaboration with various departments at ASU as well as with NC Cooperative Extension and other community organizations that are working with/for people and communities in northwestern North Carolina, as well as with individual farmers and food system actors.

Graduates are qualified for employment in a variety of positions in sustainable food and agriculture, including farm management or operating one's own farm, wholesale and retail management, environmental and agriculture education, research technician, or in environmental, agricultural or food system nonprofits.


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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