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

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.

Graduate

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.

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Events

  • Dec 13

    PhD Dissertation Proposal Defense: Aimee Buckley

    December 13, 2019 10:00 AM Natural Resources Building, 480 Wilson Road, Room 130, East Lansing, MI 48824

    Aimee's research will look at the current performance of sheep producers within the state of Michigan and expand the literature on the use of social science research in livestock production systems and rural farming communities.

  • Dec 13

    MSU Advanced Degree Commencement: Fall 2019

    December 13, 2019 3:30PM - 5:00PM Breslin Student Events Center

    The MSU Advanced Degree Commencement ceremony is for for all students, including those in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. It is held on December 13 at the end of the fall 2019 semester.

  • Dec 14

    CANR Undergraduate Commencement: Fall 2019

    December 14, 2019 2:00PM - 4:00PM Breslin Student Events Center

    MSU Undergraduate Commencement (Baccalaureate Degree Ceremony) for students in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources is held on December 14 at the end of the fall 2019 semester.

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Featured in the News

Art Exhibit Upcycles Plastic Waste to Address Environmental Issues

Published on November 4, 2019
by MSU College of Arts and Letters

FFA Member Makes a Career in Ag Tech

Published on October 30, 2019

Editorial: How are we dune?

Published on October 3, 2019
by Traverse City Record Eagle

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