Sustainability Politics and Policy (Graduate Certificate)

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The Certificate in Sustainability Politics and Policy is an interdisciplinary graduate certificate program administered by the Department of Political Science. The Certificate gives current graduate students, alumni and others in the community training and analysis on issues connecting environmental and social sustainability, politics and policy making initiatives. Courses include seminars in political science and electives in natural resource management, sustainability, economics, and other fields. Sustainability professionals increasingly find valuable careers in the public sector, in non­profit organizations and in the private sector. Coursework includes theoretical perspectives and applied skills to address sustainability issues at the local, national, and global levels.

Please visit the Graduate School website for detailed instructions about applying to the graduate certificate program.

The course requirements focus the debates, in both the global North and the global South, on exactly what sustainability politics should (and/or should not) include. The goal is to connect global sustainability policy debates to those occurring at the local and national levels in New England, the United States, and other countries.

This graduate certificate program requires 13 total credits.

Required Courses
POLT 995Independent Study 11
or POLT 996 Independent Study
POLT 851Comparative Environmental Politics and Policy3
POLT 880International Environmental Politics, Policy, and Law3
Select any two electives6
Total Credits13

The independent study will include a core list of readings on sustainability concepts and cases in wealthier and poorer societies and methodological debates about how these concepts may be measured and assessed.


Students will be advised by the certificate program director and other participating faculty members about which electives might be most appropriate and consistent with their interests and career goals. The list of approved electives affords students opportunities to focus on particular areas of environmental or social policy, or to seek to acquire additional methodological skills and disciplinary approaches in areas such as policy analysis or economics. Other electives offered by University of New Hampshire graduate programs may be approved by the sustainability certificate program director.

POLT 878International Organization3
POLT 912Human Resource Management in Public and Non-profit Sectors3
POLT 914Financial Management and Budgeting in Public and Non-profit Sectors3
POLT 918Non-Profit Management3
DPP 904Environmental Sustainability and Development3
DPP 907Sustainable Engineering for Development Practice3
DPP 952Balancing Resource Management, Land Use, and Development3
DPP 954Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems3
DPP #957Negotiation Strategies3
ECON 908Environmental Economics: Theory and Policy3
ENED 890Environmental Education Summer Institute: Field Ecology, Human Communities, and Curriculum8
HIST 818American Environmental History4
HIST #866Environmental History of Northwest Atlantic Commercial Fisheries4
NR 801Ecological Sustainability and Values4
NR 818Law of Natural Resources and Environment3
NR 820International Environmental Politics and Policies for the 21st Century4
NR 824Resolving Environmental Conflicts4
NR #838Wildlife Policy and Management4
NR 884Sustainable Living - Global Perspectives4
NR 885Systems Thinking for Sustainable Solutions4
PHP 902Environmental Health3
PHP 907Public Health Policy3
PHP 914Public Health Policy Analysis3
PHP 930Climate Change and Health3
PHP 934Work Environment Policy and the Health of Workers3
PHP 936Global Public Health3
SOC 830Communities and the Environment4
SOC 880Social Conflict4
SOC 894Evaluation Research4

Course numbers with the # symbol included (e.g. #400) have not been taught in the last 3 years.