The Department of Community Sustainability engages with colleagues, students, stakeholders and communities to address social choices within specific environmental, economic and cultural contexts that advance or conflict with sustainability goals.

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.

Undergraduate

Undergraduate

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).

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News

  • Karim Maredia

    CANR names new leader of international programs

    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.

  • CANR names 2019 Excellence in Teaching Award winners

    Published on April 22, 2019

    AFRE Associate Professor Brent Ross receives the 2019 CANR Excellence in Teaching Established Teacher Award. Community Sustainability Assistant Professor Aaron McKim receives the 2019 CANR Excellence in Teaching New Teacher Award.

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Published on April 26, 2019
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Graduate

Graduate

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.

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Events

  • Jul 22

    MS-A Proposal Defense: Kali Maisano

    July 22, 2019 10:00 AM Natural Resources Building, Room 130, 480 Wilson Road, East Lansing, MI 48824

    Kali Maisano defends a research proposal that will aim to understand Michigan coastal community residents’ attitudes towards water-based tourism development.

  • Aug 27

    CANR: College Colloquium 2019

    August 27, 2019 Anthony Hall, Room, 1281

    The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources welcomes new students at its College Colloquium event.

  • Sep 4

    2019 MSU Local Student Job & Internship Fair

    September 4, 2019 2:00PM - 6:00PM Spartan Stadium Tower Office, 4th Floor Huntington Club

    This local job and internship fair is open to all MSU students and majors. Find out about part-time jobs and internships on campus and in the Greater Lansing Area.

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