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 September 9, 2019
Did you take great photos during your job, internship, study abroad, or research this summer? We'd love to see them! Share your photos to be entered into a random drawing for a CSUS t-shirt.
Published on August 5, 2019
MSU faculty and students are hoping to make big contributions to the field of ecological economics.
Published on May 20, 2019
Karim Maredia has been named a senior global scholar and the director of agriculture and natural resources international programs in the MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.
Published on May 6, 2019
Michigan State University is a partner institution on a five-year, $30 million grant from the U.S. Agency for International Development to establish an Egyptian Center of Excellence for Agriculture.
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September 17, 2019 4:00PM - 7:00PM Breslin Center
Students interested in jobs and internships in agriculture, food, health, packaging and science fields should attend this career fair.
September 30, 2019 2:30PM - 4:15PM MSU Union, Ballroom
MSU President Samuel L. Stanley, Jr., M.D., will meet with faculty and staff from the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources on Sept. 30.
November 9, 2019 Starts 3 hours before the kickoff of the MSU vs. Illinois football game. Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education MSU Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education. 4301 Farm Lane, Lansing, MI 48910
Meet with alumni and mingle with supporters from Michigan’s agricultural and natural resources industries while enjoying great food and raising money for scholarships, student activities and alumni programming.
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.