Development and Sustainability studies are focused on socio-economic, ecological, and technological changes that affect the quality of life of individuals and groups in different environments all over the world. The obstacles to a sustainable social and ecological transformation are large but the pressures are urgent and the issues usually transcend the boundaries of conventional academic disciplines such as: anthropology; business; communication; ecology; economics; education; geography; history; humanities; law; political science; psychology; resource and environmental management; sociology; and, women’s studies.
The Development and Sustainability Graduate Certificate links faculty teaching and research across nine units and three faculties in the university, and enables students to coordinate their graduate studies so as to concentrate on the tensions between development and sustainability, using a multidisciplinary approach. Students graduate with a regular graduate degree offered by their home units (masters or doctorate), plus a certificate that recognizes their concentration in the field of development studies. Students move through their programs in their departments while also being in regular contact with those with common interests in development across the university.