The Department of Community Sustainability (CSUS) is a multidisciplinary department that focuses on combining the natural and social sciences to address 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). On January 31, 2013, Acting Provost June Youatt approved the new name because it better captures the essence of the goals of the department and creates a framework for its research and outreach programs of the future. This change is effective July 1, 2013.
Consistent with its mission to assist in the development of sustainable communities, the department offers the two undergraduate majors—Environmental Studies and Agriscienceand Natural Resource Recreation and Tourism. The CSUS graduate program enables students to co-create personalized programs of study in four focal areas that represent the teaching, research and outreach interests of the CSUS faculty—Community Food and Agricultural Systems, Education and Civic Engagement, Natural Resources and the Environment, and Recreation and Tourism Systems.