Sustainability in the Curriculum
The curriculum at Babson integrates core competencies, key business disciplines, and the liberal arts into foundation, intermediate, and advanced level courses. Based on feedback from leading corporate executives, the curriculum ensures that students develop varied skills to adapt to an ever-changing business environment. Increasingly, this means integrating efficiency, resource management and sustainability.
This is very much in line with Babson’s Strategic Vision. Three themes have been established to guide curriculum design for the next generation of Babson’s students, one of which is Social, Environmental and Economic Responsibility and Sustainability (SEERS). Curriculum design is also guided by Babson’s commitment to adhere to the UN Principles of Responsible Management. This gives Babson an opportunity to integrate social, environmental and economic sustainability into the fabric of our curriculum, supported by the Babson/Olin/Wellesley Sustainability Certificate Program.
For an inventory of sustainability focused or related courses offered at Babson College this academic year or within the past three years, please see below. We are excited to report that new courses are being offered each year related to sustainability, so please check the Registrar’s complete course inventory with each new semester to find any new offerings.
Concentration in Environmental Sustainability
The concentration is designed to appeal to students interested in environmental sustainability and social justice, including those students seeking careers within an environmental field. With this concentration, students will gain a broad understanding of and consideration for the importance of nature and the concept of environmental, economic, and social sustainability. Students will gain this understanding by taking courses spanning a number of different disciplines such as ecology, economics, engineering, entrepreneurship, film, law, literature, film, philosophy, and sociology. Students working in this concentration are challenged to recognize points of integration and points of tension between the needs of the planet and all its inhabitants and ecosystems, as well as the demands of business and economic growth.
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Off-shore Courses That Have Addressed Sustainability
||Biodiversity, Conservation Law and Ecotourism in Costa Rica|
||Social Responsibility through Eco-Enterprise in Turkey|
||Social Responsibility in Malaysia |
||Sustainable Entrepreneurship - The Norwegian Experience|
||Tanzania: Business and Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa|
For a complete list of courses available at Babson College, please refer to the Undergraduate or Graduate course catalogs. Know of a course that should be added to our inventory? Please email us with your suggestions.
Certificate Program in Sustainability
In the fall of 2009, Babson, Wellesley College and Olin College formalized a collaborative agreement that builds on their proximity and complementary curricula to explore new synergies.
One of the most immediate areas of collaboration is the development of a certificate program in Sustainability that launched in the fall 2011. While the details of this program are yet to be announced, it will capitalize on the strengths—liberal arts, engineering and business—of the three schools to create an interdisciplinary and innovative educational program that equips graduates to tackle the integrated challenges of sustainability.
For more information, contact Professor Bradley George.