About the Sustainable Business Practices Minor
The minor in Sustainable Business Practices provides a specific academic path for students from any college within the university to study the emerging interdisciplinary field of sustainability, and apply what they have learned in the classroom to practical field projects in communities locally or in the developing world. The goals of the program are to give students a deeper understanding of sustainability issues and the tools to address the issues in a business environment.
The minor in Sustainable Business Practices is a five course (20 semester hour) undergraduate interdisciplinary minor in which the D’Amore-McKim School of Business partners initially with departments in the various colleges at Northeastern. Students take three courses at Northeastern and participate in an eight-credit summer field research program focused on issues of sustainability. The first summer research program was at Earth University in Costa Rica where students explored issues of sustainability in a developing country. Current summer programs in Iceland and Costa Rica focus on specific issues relevant to sustainability, such as alternative energy systems, rainforest management, sustainable food supply, and green building design and construction.
To complete the interdisciplinary minor, students take three courses focused on sustainability and complete an eight semester-hour field research project.