Sustainability Economics and Management

Program Features

What was once considered simply "going green" has moved from community gardens to the corporate boardrooms. Businesses and governments of all sizes now consider managing their financial, social and environmental risks, obligations and opportunities a top priority.

Students learn in the classroom and work alongside organizations and companies, helping them to implement sustainable practices and policies. They graduate with the skills necessary to inform and mobilize public opinion, as well as government and organizational policies, to facilitate sustainable economies and organizations.

Curriculum

The sample course sequence below illustrates class offerings for the Sustainability Economics and Management major. Consult the official Xavier University course catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Fall

  • CORE 100 First-Year Seminar............ 3cr.
  • MATH 140 or 170: Calculus............ 3cr.
  • ENGL 101: English Composition............ 3cr.
  • Foreign Language Elective............ 3cr.
  • MKTG 300: Principles of Marketing............ 3cr.
  • CORE 101: GOA First Year Experience............ 0cr.
  • BUAD 101: The Business Profession I............ 0cr.

Spring

  • THEO 111: Theological Foundations............ 3cr.
  • Historical Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Foreign Language Elective II............ 3cr.
  • BAIS 220: Management of Business Technology............ 3cr.
  • ECON 200: Microeconomics (Social Science)............ 3cr.
  • BUAD 102: The Business Profession I............ 0cr.
  • CORE 102: GOA First Year Experience 102............ 0cr.

Fall

  • PHIL 100: Ethics as an Introduction to Philosophy............ 3cr.
  • Creative Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • BAIS 210: Quantitative Methods............ 3cr.
  • ACCT 200: Introductory Financial Accounting............ 3cr.
  • ECON 201: Macroeconomics............ 3cr.
  • BUAD 201: The Business Profession II............ 0cr.

Spring

  • Scientific Perspectives & Lab (BIOL 120 and lab preferred)............ 3cr.
  • MGMT 201: Business & Professional Communication (OC/WRIT flags)............ 3cr.
  • ACCT 201: Introductory Managerial Accounting............ 3cr.
  • BAIS 211: Introduction to Business Analytics............ 3cr.
  • MGMT 200: Organizational Management............ 3cr.
  • BUAD 202: The Business Profession II............ 0cr.

Fall

  • PHIL 200: Philosophical Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • ENGL 205: Literature & Moral Imagination............ 3cr.
  • FINC 300: Business Finance (QR flag)............ 3cr.
  • ECON 300: International Trade & Business Environment............ 3cr.
  • ECON 320: Natural Resources Economics............ 3cr.
  • BUAD 301: The Business Profession III............ 0cr.

Spring

  • Theological Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • ECON 305: Microeconomic Analysis............ 3cr.
  • MGMT 322: Management for Sustainability............ 3cr.
  • Business Elective (SUST elective preferred)............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • BUAD 302: The Business Profession III............ 0cr.

Fall

  • Natural Science Elective and Lab (BIOL 250/1 preferred)............ 3cr.
  • BLAW 300: Legal Environment (ERS/DCR flags)............ 3cr.
  • MGMT 302: Quality & Productivity in Operations............ 3cr.
  • Business Core Capstone............ 3cr.
  • SUST Elective............ 3cr.
  • SUST 495: Capstone Experience............ 3cr.
  • BUAD 401: The Business Profession IV............ 0cr.

Spring

  • Humanities Elective............ 3cr.
  • MGMT 333: Global Supply Chain Management............ 3cr.
  • ECON 421: Environment, Economics & Policy............ 3cr.
  • SUST 495: Capstone Experience............ 3cr.
  • Business Elective in SUST or Internship for Credit............ 3cr.
  • BUAD 402: The Business Profession IV............ 0cr.
  • CORE 499: Reflection on the Core Curriculum............ 0cr.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that's both challenging and personal. Here are some courses that are part of the Sustainability Economics and Management major at Xavier:

Natural Resource Economics (ECON 320) -< Economic analysis of managing the environment and allocating natural resources. Historical roots and ethical consequences of existing problems and policies are explored.

Quality and Product in Operation (MGMT 302) - Analysis of concepts and models concerning economics and the environment, with applications to policy questions. Project work will focus on particular natural resources or ecosystem services.

Change Management (MGMT 309) - A survey course covering business sustainability issues and practices from a triple bottom line perspective.

Labor Economics (ECON 460) - A thorough introduction to the field of Supply Chain management with an emphasis on current practice and emerging trends. Course includes material on sustainability practices in the supply chain.

Clubs

Xavier Student Sustainability

Students in this club actively promote environmental initiatives on Xavier's campus and in the surrounding communities. Projects include campus composting, recycling and Sustainability Day.

All Xavier Clubs

Outcomes

98% of students from Xavier's undergraduate Business programs, including Sustainability Economics and Management, are working, volunteering or in graduate school within six months of graduating.

Top Jobs: Accountant, Human Resources Coordinator, Account Executive, Campaign Manager, Financial Analyst, Operations Manager

Top Companies: Macy's, Inc., Fifth Third Bank, Total Quality Logistics, Ernst & Young, U.S. Bank, Medpace, Deloitte & Touche, LLP

Explore Xavier Alumni Outcomes

All for one

Xavier is ranked #1 for its excellent academic reputation among top competitors in the region. Students get the most out of their education, from rigorous classroom studies to experiential learning in the real world.

Campus Sustainability

Xavier's Jesuit tradition promotes the ongoing welfare of our community. Our campus is designed and constructed to meet and exceed U.S. Green Building Council's LEED silver standards.


Campus Sustainability Plan

Senior Project

During their senior year, students work with businesses and organizations to help design new sustainability policy initiatives.


Professional Mentors

Students connect with mentors through our Career Services office. Students are matched with professionals for guidance, support and networking.


Mentor Program

Alumni Spotlight: Sally Gladwell

Sally Gladwell was the kind of kid who was concerned about the energy efficiency of her family home, so it's no surprise that she helped launch Xavier's recycling program when she was a biology student in the early 1990s.

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Sustainability Economics and Management Major at Xavier University

The Sustainability Economics & Management BSBA allows students to holistically investigate the complex sustainability challenges of our era, where the economy and the organizations associated with it are seen as a component of the ecosystem, not vice versa. Students are encouraged to imagine and assist in creating new ways of thinking about sustainability in our economies and organizations.

Xavier University's Williams College of Business is accredited by the AACSB. AACSB-accredited schools offer students a relevant and challenging curriculum, the highest quality faculty and career opportunities that are not found at other business schools.

Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."