Minor in Sustainable Business

Minor in Sustainable Business

The college's Department of Management offers a minor in sustainable business (http://management.appstate.edu/academics) available to business and non‐business majors, that provides students with a comprehensive foundation in the ways that business and sustainability intersect. Students acquire knowledge and skills needed to design and manage businesses to promote environmental quality, minimize needed resources, promote healthy communities and increase long‐term effectiveness. 18 credit hours are required to complete the minor, including courses in sustainable business theory and practice, principles of sustainable development, creativity and design, environmental and resource economics, and change management or social entrepreneurship. Additional information about the minor in Sustainable Business can be found online.

SB Minor Core Courses

ACC 3590. Assessing Sustainability in a Global Business Environment(3).On demand.

SD 2400. Principles of Sustainable Development (3).F;S.
GEN ED: Local to Global Perspective (Theme: "Sustainability and Global Change")
This course is the foundation course for students interested in pursuing a major or a minor in Sustainable Development. The course will introduce students to the concepts and history of "development," the origins of concerns about "sustainability," and the marriage of these two ideas in the contested notion of "sustainable development (SD)." From that basis, the course will then examine the understanding and use of SD principles in and from various disciplinary and multi/interdisciplinary perspectives. (CROSS-DISCIPLINARY)

ECO 2620. Environmental and Resource Economics (3).F.
GEN ED: Local to Global Perspective (Theme: "Global Resources")
The course explores the efficient allocation of environmental and natural resources and examines the continuing conflict between economic activity and environmental quality and the conservation of natural resources. The course applies economic theory to local, regional, national, and international environmental issues.

MGT 3300. Sustainable Business-Theory and Practice (3).F;S. 
The course provides a comprehensive exploration of business sustainability issues. Environmental and social concerns are converging to alter business strategies and practices, leading to new opportunities to create value for all of an organization's stakeholders. Using lecture, case analysis, site visits, and guest speakers, students will learn about sustainable business practices that are both local and national in scope.

MGT/ENT 3650. Social Entrepreneurship (3).S.
A study of the opportunities and challenges of using entrepreneurship skills to craft innovative responses to social problems. This course offers a survey of the field of social entrepreneurship, including an exploration of the players and business structures used by social entrepreneurs, and the mechanics, tensions, and realities of starting and/or managing a social enterprise. Prerequisite: MGT 3060 or permission of the instructor.


MGT 3170 Creativity and Design(3)
Fostering and managing creativity can affect all aspects of a business, from strategy to maintenance to interacting with customers, suppliers and competitors. the purpose of this course is for students to learn how to develop and manage creativity in organizations. Students will have the opportunity to study the nature and significance of creativity, develop a more creative mindset, and learn about the principles, practices and tools to foster and use creativity. Students will demonstrate understanding of course concepts and skills through written papers, participation, and a project. 

SB Minor Electives

There is 1 required elective (3 cr hours).

MGT 3170 Creativity and Design(3)
If not taken as required course

MGT 3400. Change Management (3).S. 
In competitive business environments, where external forces are interconnected and continuously changing, organizations must often adjust their strategies to align with the needs of a changing world. Yet, the human side of organizations often inhibits the successful realization of strategic organizational initiatives. Managing in times of complexity requires that managers have an understanding of individual and organizational tendencies towards change to effectively lead change initiatives in a systematic way. Through multiple modes of learning (lecture, case analysis, applied projects, group discussion, and individual reflection), this course helps students develop change management skills to enhance their influence in their current and future organizations. 

MGT 3650 Social Entrepreneurship

MGT 3900. Internship (6).SS.
A full-time work experience for ten weeks (400 hours) to provide an in-depth practical experience that is related to the student's management concentration. An internship may be completed during the summer term between the junior and senior years of study. Prerequisites: admission to the Walker College of Business and permission of the department faculty advisor and COB internship coordinator. Graded on an S/U basis.

MGT 4770. Business Ethics (3).F;S.
A study of the economic, political, social and legal environments within which business processes take place and how such environments affect the decisions that businesses and managers make. Prerequisite: a minimum grade of "C" in any Writing in the Discipline (WID) course. (SPEAKING) [Dual-listed with MGT 5770.] Dual-listed courses require senior standing.

ANT 3620. Political Ecology & Sustainability (3) Alternate S. 
An introduction to the interdisciplinary field of political ecology as an important critical approach in contemporary anthropology. The course uses in-depth examples to understand how current global issues like sustainability, conservation, and land management regimes can be critically engaged through the lenses of history and power. Students in the course will study several political ecology ethnographies to deepen their critical awareness of past and present struggles over land use, natural resources, and other embattled human-environment relationships.

ECO 4621. Advanced Environmental Economics (3).S.
Analysis of the interrelationships among economic activity, government policies, and the environment; the benefits and costs of economic growth; the economics of environmental quality; the social costs of pollution; and the intertemporal allocation of natural resources. Prerequisites: a minimum grade of "C" in ENG 3100 or BE 3340 (business majors only), and ECO 2030 or ECO 2620. [Dual-listed with ECO 5621.] Dual-listed courses require senior standing.

ECO 4660. Benefit-Cost Analysis (3).F.
The study of the evaluation of competing public policy alternatives. The purpose of benefit-cost analysis is to inform government decision-making and facilitate the more efficient allocation of scarce resources. This course introduces the basic theory and principles of benefit-cost analysis and examines applications of the methodology. Prerequisites: a minimum grade of "C" in ENG 3100 or BE 3340 (business majors only), and ECO 2030. [Dual-listed with ECO 5660.] Dual-listed courses require senior standing.

HOS 3100. Sustainable Tourism (3). S.
The course will introduce the issues associated with the sustainable management of destinations and tourist attractions. Students will: learn the variety of ways that sustainability can manifest in the hospitality and tourism industry; understand the roles of international stakeholders involved in sustainable tourism; analyze case studies in key areas related to social, economic, and environmental impacts and consequences; and learn broad perspectives on how tourism relates to ecosystems, poverty, health,
education, and social equity.

MKT 3290. Services Marketing (3).On Demand.
This course examines service organizations' distinctive approach to marketing strategy development and execution. Services marketing explores the unique characteristics and challenges of service organizations and applies the expanded marketing mix (7Ps) in examining marketing strategies and processes for service planning, delivery, evaluation and recovery of service quality with the focus on customer satisfaction and retention. The course broadens the view of marketing and provides an understanding of services marketing theories and of how marketing can be practiced in organizations in local, national and international markets. Sustainability issues related to services marketing will be emphasized. Prerequisites: MKT 3050 with a minimum grade of "C" (2.0).

PS 4670. Environmental Politics (3).S.
This course will examine the role that politics and government play in dealing with environmental issues. Its focus is primarilyon the U.S. approach to environmental protection, but some attention will be devoted to international environmental relationships such as the Kyoto Protocol. The course will cover the history of environmental policy, the legal and institutional arrangements for environmental protection, major environmental policy actors, current environmental controversies, and global environmental concerns.

SD 2800. Environmental Justice and Sustainability (3).F.
This course is a study of relationships between the environmental justice movement and sustainable development. Working at the intersection of these fields, students will gain an understanding of an egalitarian conception of sustainable development known as "Just Sustainability." Students will examine the history of the "Just Sustainability" paradigm; critically analyze questions of race, class, gender, place, and labor as they relate to "Just Sustainability" and the stakeholder theory; and read, evaluate and create case studies.

SCM 3660. Principles of Supply Chain Management (3).F;S. 
The objective of the course is to enable students to understand the concept of supply chain management and its importance in both strategic and operational planning. Topics covered include the intra-company relationships between operations and other organizational functions as well as the inter-company relationships among suppliers, products, distributors, retailers and consumers in the supply chain. The course will also discuss the problems and issues confronting supply chain managers, and the concepts, models, and techniques they use to solve those problems. Prerequisite: ECO 2100 or STT 2810 or permission of the department chair/program director.

SOC 4250. Collective Behavior and Social Change (3).F. Alternate years.
A study of the forces that impact upon society and the delivery of services by governments either through revolution or orderly directed change; the study of the strategy, tactics and effects of change and who affects change.

TEC 2029. Society and Technology (3).F;S.
GEN ED: Local to Global Perspective (Theme: "Sustainability and Global Change") 
This course is designed to provide students with an understanding of the symbiotic relationship between technology and society. Examples of these relationships will be taken from historical accounts and from analyses of contemporary societies both in industrialized and non-industrialized countries. Lecture three hours. (WRITING; MULTI-CULTURAL; CROSS-DISCIPLINARY) (CORE: SOCIAL SCIENCES)