Course of Study

If you plan to complete the program in two years, you must take the required courses in the sequence indicated below. If you plan to be a part-time student, it is important to note that certain courses are only offered in certain semesters, so you will want to plan your program accordingly.

Both full-time and part-time students are expected to complete the SUS 601 (fall) and SUS 602 (spring) sequence in the first year of admission to the program.

Keep in mind that your electives may include an independent study, fieldwork/internship work, and/or two 400-level courses (if appropriate), as well as courses from across the university.

You may substitute 3-unit elective blocks with a combination of one and two unit courses.

To complete the program in two years, it is recommended that your course work be directly related to your thesis project.

An example:

Fall I 

  • SUS 601 - Visions of Sustainable Communities - core course
  • SUS 603 - Social Transformation - core course
  • 3 Elective Credits - chosen in consultation with your advisor

Spring I 

  • SUS 602 - Elements and Contexts of Sustainable Communities - core course
  • SUS 604 - The Craft of Inquiry - core course
  • 3 Elective Credits - chosen in consultation with your advisor

The Summer Institute

Special seminars offered for 1-3 units of credit. Summer courses can help you move through the program more quickly and/or they can give you more time to devote to your thesis work in the second year of your studies.

Fall II 

  • SUS 644 - Prospective Development - optional but highly recommended. This course will help you shape your thesis and help you develop a thesis committee.
  • 3 or 6 Elective Credits - chosen in consultation with your advisor

Spring II 

  • SUS 695 - Achieving Sustainable Communities - core course, capstone.
  • SUS 699 - 6 thesis credits - required to graduate.

Potential Lines of Inquiry

The SUS Pathways offer a snapshot of NAU and Flagstaff people and research working towards more socially, environmentally and economically sustainable communities. These "pathways" only partially represents the range of inquiry and engagement of SUS. They are representative of many - but certainly not all - lines of inquiry available to the SUS student. Use these pathways to begin your inquiry, pursuing further academic and community opportunities that inform and inspire.