Sustainability is about choices made within specific environmental, economic, social, and cultural contexts. Sustainability scholarship involves creating, integrating and harnessing new knowledge to protect and improve social and natural systems and their interactions. The Department of Community Sustainability (CSUS) is an interdisciplinary department that addresses contemporary issues of sustainability in agriculture, recreation, natural resources, and the environment. The Department of Community Sustainability (CSUS) was formerly called the Department of Community, Agriculture, Recreation, and Resource Studies (CARRS).
Consistent with its mission to assist in the development of sustainable communities, the department offers three undergraduate majors linked by a common core in community sustainability. These three majors - Environmental Studies and Sustainability (ESS); Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Tourism (SPRT); and Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education (AFNRE) – share a set of courses centered on community sustainability. The CSUS graduate program offers two graduate majors: Community Sustainability (MS and PhD) and Sustainable Tourism and Protected Areas Management (MS and PhD). In both undergraduate and graduate programs, CSUS embraces international as well as domestic applications, engagement, and opportunities.
CSUS undergraduate programs are designed to educate scholars and practitioners who are able to create, integrate and harness new knowledge to protect and improve both social and natural systems. We offer a core curriculum in community sustainability that supports three majors: Environmental Studies and Sustainability (ESS), Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Tourism (SPRT), and Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education (AFNRE).
Published on May 14, 2018
John Kerr and Kimberly Chung, faculty members in the Department of Community Sustainability, have given a $375,000 gift to create a teaching assistantship named in honor of John's parents, Malcolm and Ann Kerr.
Published on April 24, 2018
Faculty members, academic advisers and club advisers nominated 10 seniors for the 2018 College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) Outstanding Student Leader Award.
Published on March 8, 2018
Dr. Rebecca Jordan has been named chair of the Department of Community Sustainability in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at Michigan State University.
Published on February 22, 2018
Steven Gray, an assistant professor in the MSU Department of Community Sustainability, conducted a series of sessions in which Flint residents could share their concerns and ideas for potential solutions.
Published on November 7, 2017
Adrian Schunk, Michigan Future Farmers of American president and Michigan State University freshman, won the Prepared Speech Contest at the National FFA Prepared Public Speaking Leadership Development Event Friday.
CSUS offers two graduate degree programs: one in Community Sustainability (CSUS) and the other in Sustainable Tourism and Protected Areas Management (STPAM). Both programs offer Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees. CSUS is for students who want an advanced degree related to community sustainability and are interested in interdisciplinary research. STPAM is for students who want an advanced degree related to parks, recreation and tourism with an emphasis on sustainability.
June 1, 2018 10:00AM - 12:00PM Natural Resources Building Room 130
Master’s Project Proposal Defense By William Jaquinde