ARLINGTON - The University of Texas at Arlington is expanding its popular master's degree program in sustainability issues into downtown Dallas with the start of the new year.
Beginning Jan. 4, UT Arlington will offer an Interdisciplinary Studies Master of Science in
Sustainability program through The Universities Center at Dallas, 1901 Main
St. The 36-hour program is designed to be completed within a year. Courses address sustainability across a variety of academic and
Some courses will focus on core sustainability concepts such as the U.S.
Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program, the Energy Star program and high-density development. Others will
examine the cost and regulatory issues involved with "going green."
In addition, students will study the psychological and socio-economic
dynamics of this cultural paradigm shift to more conscientious consumption.
The interdisciplinary studies approach is a good fit for
sustainability issues, said Professor Stuart Henry, director of UT Arlington’s
Interdisciplinary Studies program.
“Complex problems require comprehensive solutions and an integrative
synthesis of the best approaches to what works,” Henry said. “Interdisciplinary
degrees provide the flexibility and adaptability to deal with emerging problems
as well as those that are seemingly intractable.”
The sustainability degree appeals to professionals in a variety of fields,
including attorneys, architects, government employees and educators, said Mike
West, the program’s chair and executive director of UT Arlington’s Fort Worth
Center. The degree is a valuable tool for those seeking entry
into growth positions, such as corporate sustainability officers, social
responsibility officers and consultants, he said.
Jyl DeHaven, an instructor in the new degree program, has worked on sustainable development projects for 15 years and said businesses are
seeing the economic benefit of sustainable practices and smart employees are
looking to gain the most up-to-date information about the field.
“It’s for anyone. I’m not sure I could think of a profession
that couldn’t benefit,” DeHaven said. “This is getting yourself as much
information as possible and putting yourself on the front of the process rather
than the end.”
An information forum will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 11,
at The Universities Center at Dallas. To register, contact Jana Prew at
817-272-5956 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Call
877-587-SUST (7878) or e-mail SUST@uta.edu for more
For more information about sustainability programs at UT Arlington,
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