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Interdisciplinary Courses

2017 Capstone Class

A liberal arts education emphasizes an interdisciplinary philosophy of learning.  President Emeritus of Cornell University Frank Rhodes said, “the concept of sustainability could provide a new foundation for the liberal arts and sciences” and that it is “the ultimate liberal art.” However, Chapman does not require students to learn about sustainability or environmental topics during their time as a student. These topics impact all facets of academic study from the hard sciences to social sciences. This chapter provides recommendations as to how Chapman can integrate these topics into their curriculum. 

Environmental Science and Policy Curriculum

Science Lab

The Environmental Science and Policy major and Environmental Science minor were created in 2009 followed by the Environmental Studies minor in 2011. Since its creation, there has not been a notable change to the major’s curriculum. In recent years, the environmental movement has gained momentum, and areas like environmental justice, policies, and natural disasters have developed – some of which are not reflected in the current curriculum of Environmental Science & Policy. The goal of this chapter is to highlight areas of the major that need improvements as well as areas where the major is succeeding. Data were also collected from alumni of the major to help guide recommendations to improve the major.

Sustainability in Argyros College of Business

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Sustainability is a subject that can successfully merge environmental and earth sciences with business and economics. Increasingly, businesses in every industry are incorporating sustainability into their goals for the future. For-profit business is extremely influential in society and therefore can make large scale positive impacts on the environment. However, sustainability initiatives can also provide companies with a competitive advantage. This chapter evaluates the curriculum within the Argyros School of Business Economics at Chapman University to make recommendations on how to effectively incorporate sustainability topics.

Environmental Health

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There is a very important intersection between the environment, public health, and socioeconomic factors (Braveman, 2014). These factors include waste disposal, water use and quality, road safety, ecosystem services, and many more. In order to develop sustainable institutions, the use of multiple disciplines is required including biology, ecology, peace studies, and social nonviolence. The overarching umbrella of environmental health can have emphases in environmental epidemiology, exposure science, climate change, ergonomics, home and industrial hygiene, and molecular epidemiology. This chapter explores each of these branches in an effort to illustrate that sustainable curriculum within an interdisciplinary environmental health approach is essential for educational institutions.


Sustainability Curriculum and Search Tools

what is taught in the sustainability program

This chapter focuses on increases the sustainability courses at chapman by improving online course search tools. Chapman transitioned from WebAdvisor to People Soft in the fall of 2015. While there were many benefits of my.chapman.edu, during this study both student and faculty noted navigational challenges with the new system. Improving the search tools on my.chapman.edu would ultimately bring awareness to new interdisciplinary classes.

Sustainability Across the Curriculum Faculty Workshops

teacher instructing class Sustainability is an interdisciplinary topic that is connected to all aspects of life. This portion of the audit looked at developing workshops for faculty to aid them in incorporating sustainability across all disciplines. By looking at programs from other schools, the current workshops that Chapman has, and survey data, a sample lesson plan for an "Integrating Sustainability Across Curriculum Workshop" was developed.

Chapman Environmental Awareness

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Earth Week is an opportunity for students, staff, faculty, and community members to learn about environmental issues and come together to make strides towards campus and community sustainability. This chapter compares Earth Week events on Chapman’s campus to larger-scale Earth Week programming at other peer and aspirational universities. In addition, it provides analysis of past student, staff, and faculty interest in programming, as well as attendance data from previous years Earth Week events.