Sustainable Environments and Engaged Democracy (SEED) Learning Community

The Sustainable Environments and Engaged Democracy (SEED) Residential Learning Community is open to students in any major with a preference to those students in American Political Studies, Anthropology, Applied Indigenous Studies, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Environmental Studies, Ethnic Studies, Humanities, International Affairs, Political Science, Religion, Sociology and Women’s and Gender Studies.

In this community, students will learn how many different fields interact to make the world the way it is. The linked course looks at specific intersections between ecology, economics, political science, and psychology. Members of this RLC will develop a sense of place in the region through hikes in the local area, meeting with sustainable business owners in Flagstaff, and getting involved with local politicians and community leaders. In short, students in the RLC will have fun, will learn and together, create solutions for a more sustainable society. 

Residential Learning Communities (RLC) are located in one of 10 Freshmen Connection Halls and participants are eligible for priority room selection. Additional information regarding room and roommate selection will be sent to student NAU email accounts if you are accepted into the RLC.

Join this community if you want to: 

  • Think and learn about ways to make positive change in the world
  • Find meaningful work
  • Learn practical skills to put on your resume
  • Discover inspiring solutions to big social/environmental problems  

Priority enrollment

Seats in certain high-demand classes will be reserved for freshman in this Learning Community. Your adviser will help you enroll in these courses. Visit Priority Enrollment to find out more about enrollment and advising.

Seats reserved in:

Fall semester:

  • FS 121 People, Planet, Profit: 

Have you ever wondered how you can make money and still save the world? In these challenging times we need to find ways to make a living, save our planet, have balance, and give back to society. This course will engage students in:

  • learning about the environment and ecology of the Colorado Plateau
  • learning about social justice and people.
  • learning about how you can still make a living and help the environment and people
Spring semester:
  • FS 121 Living the Good Life:
What is happiness? Am I happy? Are you happy? What does it mean to “live the good life?” When we get to the end of our lives and look back on it, what will we think? As a student in this class you will explore the topic of happiness through in-depth ethnographic interviews, exploration into the literature on the science of happiness, and reflection into your own life practices. Through a project-based learning approach you will apply the concepts of happiness in practice in your community. Explore the nexus of happiness, self, community and sustainable living through this engaging and interactive First Year Seminar ARTs (Action Research Team) class.