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

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. We offer a core curriculum in community sustainability that supports three majors: Environmental Studies and Sustainability (ESS), Sustainable Parks, Recreation and Tourism (SPRT), and Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources Education (AFNRE).

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Graduate

Graduate

CSUS offers two graduate degree programs: one in Community Sustainability (CSUS) and the other in Sustainable Tourism and Protected Areas Management (STPAM). Both programs offer Master of Science (MS) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees. CSUS is for students who want an advanced degree related to community sustainability and are interested in interdisciplinary research. STPAM is for students who want an advanced degree related to parks, recreation and tourism with an emphasis on sustainability.

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Events

  • Final Dissertation Defense - Jessica Daniel - Aug. 24

    Date: August 24, 2016
    Location: Natural Resources RM 338

    FoodLab Detroit

     

  • Agriculture Innovation Day: Focus on Soils

    Date: August 24, 2016
    Location: Saginaw Valley Research & Extension Center, Frankenmuth, Mich.

    Michigan State University (MSU) will host its first MSU Agriculture Innovation Day: Focus on Soils on Aug. 24, 2016, at the Saginaw Valley Research and Extension Center in Frankenmuth, Michigan.

    The educational field day will deliver cutting-edge information on soil health topics ranging from nutrient management and soil quality to compaction and tile technology. Farmers will have the opportunity to hear from science-based, experts and see the results of various techniques on both crop growth and soil quality. They will also learn about the soil testing and plant diagnostics resources offered by MSU

    MSU Agriculture Innovation Day is slated to become an annual event that will focus on in-depth education on a single topic. The event will rotate to various locations throughout the state. Experts will deliver  innovative information to help producers take the next step in improving their bottom line while maintaining environmentally sound practices on their farms.

    To learn more about this program go to: www.msue.msu.edu/msuaginnovationday

     

  • CANR Fall Welcome Event

    Date: August 30, 2016
    Location: 1281 Anthony Hall

    CANR Fall Welcome Event

  • AutumnFest

    Date: November 12, 2016
    Location: MSU Pavilion

    41st Annual AutumnFest

    MSU Pavilion for Agriculture & Livestock Education

    3.5 hours before the kickoff of the MSU vs. Rutgers football game. 

    For more information visit the AutumnFest website at http://www.canr.msu.edu/alumni_donors/alumni/autumnfest

     

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