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 18, 2019
The National Science Foundation awarded Michigan State University close to $1 million over the next five years to study renewable energy options and adoption in tribal and non-tribal communities.
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.
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.
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.
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.