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

  • Career Gallery - Hosted by MSU Career Services

    Date: September 27, 2016 - September 28, 2016
    Location: Breslin Center

    Career Gallery is a three-day career fair that brings top talent from across MSU together with all industries. Each day of the fair has a focus area; employers are welcome to register for one, two, or all three days of Gallery.

  • Final PhD Dissertation Defense, Jung-Ho Suh, Sept 28

    Date: September 28, 2016
    Location: Natural Resources RM 130

    UNDERSTANDING EFFECTS OF SOCIAL EARNED MEDIA AND OWNED MEDIA IN DESTINATION BRANDING: AN EMPIRICAL INVESTIGATION ON THE INFLUENCES OF CUSTOMER REVIEWS AND MANAGEMENT RESPONSES

     

  • Final MS-B Project Defense - Eva Kassara

    Date: September 30, 2016
    Location: Natural Resources RM 320A

    Gender differences in agriculture and natural resources management in sub-Saharan Africa: Literature review.

     

  • MSU Education Abroad Expo

    Date: October 6, 2016
    Location: Breslin Student Events Center, 534 Birch Rd, East Lansing, MI 48824

    The Education Abroad Expo (formerly the Study Abroad Fair) is a comprehensive information event for anyone interested in learning more about the many exciting education abroad opportunities available at Michigan State University.

  • 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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