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.
CSUS offers three graduate degree programs to prepare scholar-activists interested in sustainability, recreation and tourism, food systems, agriculture education and international development for research, community engagement and knowledge production.
Published on November 15, 2019
Vanessa García Polanco is the first James Beard Foundation National Scholar from Michigan and Michigan State University.
Published on September 23, 2019
Quentin Tyler, associate dean and director of the Office of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, shares how international experiences and perspectives provide opportunities for student growth.
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.
November 20, 2019 2:00 PM Natural Resources Building, 480 Wilson Road, Room 130, East Lansing, MI 48824
Danielle Brugnone worked with Michigan librarians to help them develop seed libraries for her MS-B project. Learn about her work at her final project defense.
November 22, 2019 2:30PM - 4:00PM Natural Resources Building, 480 Wilson Road, East Lansing, MI 48824
Garrett Sieloff's proposed research explores factors influencing Michigan consumers’ trust and confidence in tap, filtered, and bottled water servicers.
November 22, 2019 3:00 PM Natural Resources Building, 480 Wilson Road, Room 338, East Lansing, MI 48824
Students, staff, and faculty are invited to join the Department of Community Sustainability for a discussion on racial bias and intolerance on campus. We will talk about community wellbeing and we can grow together.