Integral Ecology & Sustainability

Academic Programs

Xavier is proud to offer three academic majors in Sustainability as well as the continuation of our Environmental Sciences program.

Sustainability, defined as "development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs" affects nearly all enterprises, both public and private.

Academic Majors

Economics, Sustainability and Society (BA in ECOS)

Focuses on sustainable economies, and includes the study of natural resources, ecological and environmental problems, processes, and policies at local, national and global levels. Students will integrate economic analysis with cultural studies, global economic development, policy studies, and management, as they gain skills to conceptualize and solve sustainability problems. Students will critically examine the goal of ever greater material consumption and the notion of natural capital as a mere storehouse of natural resources waiting to be used up.

Land, Farming and Community (BA in LAND)

Focuses on the science and art of agriculture; and both the necessity and benefits of small-scale, sustainable, and diversified food production in the context of a Jesuit education. The program offers students the opportunity to become stewards of healthy, productive soils, communities, and regions through study and practical experience with growing, processing and distributing food.

Environmental Science (BS in ENSC)

Focuses on the impact of human systems on our natural environment and how in turn these natural systems affect the human environment. The program offers strong scientific foundations as well as understanding of the economic, political, and human social systems necessary to get policies and technologies implemented.


Master's Degree: Urban and Regional Sustainability and Resilience (MA in URS)

The Master of Arts in Urban Sustainability and Resilience is designed around an innovative curriculum that blends elements from traditional, urban-focused graduate programs (urban/regional planning and development, urban ecology, urban studies/political science, public administration) with business, economics, community development, environmental science, geography and communications.