Co-major in Sustainable Business  (People & Society)

The 18-credit hour co-major in Sustainable Business is available to Miami Herbert Business students.

Interdisciplinary in nature, the coursework will provide students with an introduction to the business concepts of sustainability, background in Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) standards for financial decision-making, sustainability reporting, impact investing, environmental economics, and additional perspectives from the science/technology or policy/social fields.

It concludes with an integrative, experiential, project-based capstone course that requires students to apply their knowledge to pressing current business problems and prepares them for careers in the field. 

Interested students should consult with an academic advisor to declare the co-major in Sustainable Business. 

Curriculum Requirements

Required Courses 1
ACC 336Integrated Reporting3
BUS 204Intro to Corporate Sustainability3
or BSL 306 Introduction to Corporate Sustainability
BUS 428Multidisciplinary Action Projects (Capstone course) 23
ECO 345Environmental Economics3
FIN 336Sustainability and Finance 33
Major Choice Course 1, 4
Select three credit hours from the following:3
Sustainability Science/Technical Courses (Check prerequisites):
Environmental Building Systems I
Environmental Building Systems II
Introduction to Ecology
Environmental Quality Control
Introduction to Environmental Engineering
Introduction to the Earth's Ecosystem
Ecological Principles and Environmental Applications
Environment Assessment
Conservation in Practice (taught in the Galapagos)
Reef Coral Biology, Ecology, and Conservation
Oceans and Human Health (permission of instructor required)
Life in the Sea
Environmental Oceanography
Sustainability Policy/Social Issues Courses (Check prerequisites):
Black Leadership in the U.S.
Anthropology of Nature and Environment
Public Economics
Economics of Development
The Political Economy of Growth
Economic Analysis of Energy and Commodity Markets
Introduction to Environmental Policy
Perspectives on Environmental Decision Making
Sustainable Living
Ecology and Land Use in the Galapagos
Environmental Ethics
Global Food: A Hands-On Approach
Sustainable Development
Introduction to Gender and Sexuality Studies
Introduction to LGBTQ Studies
Gender, Race, and Class
Mental Illness, Gender, and Psychiatry
Climate and Global Change
Water Resources: History, Management, and Policy
Coastal Law
Environmental Politics and Policy
Global Energy Politics
Environmental Policy Making
Social Inequalities
Total Credit Hours18

No course may double count in any other major, minor, or cognate. 

All specific coursework for the major area of specialization in Sustainable Business must be completed with a grade of “C-” or higher.  A minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 is required for all specific coursework taken in the major area of specialization. All courses must be taken within the current pre-requisite structure.


BUS 428 is intended to be an integrative, experiential, project-based capstone course that requires students to apply their knowledge and insight gained from the coursework contained both in their degree program and in this co-major.  Students need to have completed BUS 204 and to have attained "Junior status or higher" in order to enroll in this class.


Students who are required to take FIN 320 for their major or minor plan of study do not take FIN 336 for the Sustainable Business co-major.  Instead, they must take an additional major choice course from the Science/Technical or Policy/Social Issues course list.  FIN 336 may not be taken as a choice course to count toward any Finance-related major or minor.


Many other relevant upper level courses with prerequisites, and Special Topics courses may be available at or offered by other UM Schools and Colleges.  These may be approved to satisfy the appropriate "Science/Technical" or "Policy/Social Issues" course requirement, after consultation with the Vice Dean.