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

  • Jan 21

    MSU Diversity Career Fair 2020

    January 21, 2020 3:00PM - 6:00PM Breslin Center

    The Diversity Career Fair is Michigan State University's premiere diversity career event hosting employers of all industries.

  • Jan 23

    MS-A Proposal Defense: Jae Gerhart

    January 23, 2020 2:00PM - 3:30PM Natural Resources Building, 480 Wilson Road, Room 320-A, East Lansing, MI 48824

    Join us for Jae's master's proposal defense to learn how she will investigate the four most common production types for salad mix in Southeast Michigan and test the feasibility of their production for intermediary markets.

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Featured in the News

Sip by sip, Sparty’s Market goes greener

Published on January 11, 2020
by Spartan Newsroom

Art Exhibit Upcycles Plastic Waste to Address Environmental Issues

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

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