WILMINGTON, Ohio — Wilmington College has established a new minor, Sustainability, that will debut in fall 2013. It features an interdisciplinary curriculum with 12 hours in agriculture courses and a dozen hours of electives, from across the academic spectrum, designed to dovetail with a student’s career interests.
“It takes students on different paths,” said Monte Anderson, professor of agriculture. “This will be a minor that complements a lot of different majors.
“We have a great agriculture program at Wilmington College,” he added. “Our graduates understand horticulture, soil science and crop and animal science, but, with sustainability, it’s not all about agriculture — there’s a political and societal side to the subject.”
In addition to a core curriculum of soil science, horticulture and two courses in crop and animal science, elective courses in the Sustainability minor include several optional agriculture classes: Agriculture Policy, Organic Farming, Local Food Systems and Ecological Challenges in Agriculture Systems.
Non-agriculture electives include Global Politics of Food course, as well as Comparative Economic Systems, Rural Sociology, Environmental Sociology and Communications, The Politics of Globalization, the literature course Rural Life and the Environment, sustainability internships and a study/service experience.