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HECUA Environmental Sustainability: Science, Public Policy and Community Action
Minneapolis-Saint Paul, United States (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Fall
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Program Sponsor: HECUA 
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Lang. of Instruction: English Minimum GPA: 2.5
Class Standing: 2-Sophomore, 3-Junior, 4-Senior Housing: Apartments, Student responsibility
Areas of Study: Agriculture, American Studies, Biology, Botany, Communications, Ecology, Economics, Education, Environmental Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, Humanities, Internships, Mass Communications, Media Studies, Minority Studies, Peace & Conflict Studies, Philosophy, Political Science, Public Health, Sciences, Service Learning, Sociology, Urban Studies
Program Description:

Environmental Sustainability


These four linked semester courses reveal the dynamic interplay between ecological and social change. Coursework is interdisciplinary and discussion wide-ranging, pulling from field observations, conversations with community partners, written material, and lectures. The class works to support ecosystems restoration and organizing efforts in the Twin Cities area and greater Minnesota. 

Students explore structural inequalities in their own communities, examining patterns of privilege, power, and oppression. They study the restoration of degraded ecosystems, witness and participate in citizen science, and assess how policies and partnerships foster ecologically sound social transformation. Past internship placements for Environmental Sustainability include the Land Stewardship Project,, and Spark-Y Youth Action Labs

Students leave prepared for advanced leadership at the intersection of environmental and climate justice, with a profound understanding of the work being done locally and nationally in those fields. 

  • Highlights

    The program includes field experiences that focus on basic ecosystem evaluation. Short trips throughout the semester offer opportunities to integrate theory and practice. As part of the field methods course students carry out on-the-ground research as part of a community-based project. HECUA also designs an internship experience for all students that meets personal learning goals and connects program themes. Extraordinary mentors in the environmental arena lead students to participate in meaningful work during the internship portion of the program.
  • Degree Level

    Bachelors Degree (Undergraduate)

  • Qualifications

    * You must have completed your first year in college
    * You must be in good academic standing - 2.0 GPA or higher (any GPA lower than 2.5 will receive extra evaluation)
    * You must meet all requirements of the specific HECUA program
    * You must complete all home campus requirements for off-campus study

    All students are welcome on HECUA programs. Selection is based on your completed application, past academic performance, recommendations,and the match between the program and your own interests, goals and expectations. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.

  • Intern Types

    • Sustainable agriculture
    • Environmental Monitoring
    • Ecological Restoration
    • Policy & Research Development
    • Community Organizing
    • Urban Planning
    • Environmental Education
  • Languages

    • English
  • Program Fees:

    Member and non-member schools use different fee structures. Check the HECUA website, here, for the most up-to-date information.

  • Program fees include:

    Tuition, internship placement and supervision and all course-related field visits.

  • Experience Required

    No. Think this program is just for science students? Think again! This program integrates natural and social sciences within a social justice framework and no course prerequisites are required.

  • This Program is open to

    Undergraduate students currently enrolled in a US college or university.

  • Scholarships are Available

    HECUA provides $750 Scholarships for Community Engagement, $1,500 Scholarships for Social Justice and $4,000 Scholarships for Racial Justice for semester-length programs each fall and spring. More information about the application process for either scholarship is available on the HECUA website, here, or by contacting the organization.

  • Application Process Involves

    • Online or Paper Application
    • Essay
    • Letters of Reference
    • Transcript

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Fall 2018 01-MAR-2018 31-MAR-2018 TBA TBA