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Active Learning

Active learning engages you in Sustainability science, service and scholarship

Your Sustainability Studies degree is built on experiential learning that forms the foundation of your APU education.

Let’s start with your coursework.

Sustainability at APU is a transdisciplinary degree. That means you’ll consult often with your adviser for a customized curriculum that cuts across traditional academic disciplines.

Select courses from throughout the university for a BA that’s meaningful and rigorous. By working with APU students and faculty in areas like ecology, economics, political science, philosophy and much more, your coursework offers practice in cooperative problem solving – a hallmark of clean, safe, sustainable communities.

Sustainability Studies at APU is grounded in theory that integrates planetary and human systems. Starting as soon as your earliest time in the major, you’ll learn to apply knowledge to community-based projects that incorporate Alaska as your classroom:

  • How can appropriate materials be developed for sustainable buildings in the subarctic? Gain insight by joining a construction project for Habitat for Humanity or other service group.
  • What economic, political and cultural factors must be taken into account so that hunger may be alleviated in cities? For practical answers, consider analyzing needs at an Anchorage soup kitchen or learning more about community service agriculture at APU’s Kellogg Farm.

Active learning involves you in challenges and opportunities like these for academic credit as well as resume-ready experience. Sustainability internships, practicums, APU travel courses and independent study offer more ways to expand your experiential learning.

Active learning at APU prepares you to think beyond saving the planet with a Sustainability Studies degree that combines science, service and scholarship. The goal: More well-being for more people in Alaska and beyond.