CCSP Courses

Core Courses:

God and Nature

4 CREDIT HRS, 300 LEVEL
Central to the mission of CCSP, this course helps students develop a theology of creation that understands humans as Biblical stewards of the earth. Through the study of scripture, and other relevant texts, students explore the theology of creation, biblical stewardship, questions of faith and science, and Christian responses to current environmental problems.

Social Entrepreneurship

4 CREDIT HRS, 300 LEVEL
This course is intended to be an introduction to practices and principles of social entrepreneurship – roughly defined, the creative implementation of business strategies and market principles to work for social change. The course focuses in great part on innovative approaches to addressing social needs, and explores contemporary case studies. Topical themes include: Economic development through social enterprise; policy, politics, and free market forces; ethics and social responsibility; and globalization and the new economy. In particular this course will focus on case studies that engage entrepreneurial principles to address environmental issues. Students will visit a number of field sites, talk to expert practitioners, and observe innovative projects directly.

Environmental Issues

4 CREDIT HRS, 300 LEVEL
In this course students explore a broad array of environmental issues as they relate to an array of other global issues in the coming decade. With an emphasis on of sociological, political and economic issues, the course looks frankly at the globally-costly outcomes of such issues, but emphasizes the hope offered by the biblical view of stewardship. Through an emphasis on case studies and field site visits, the course highlights the signs of hope that can be seen in the many examples of imaginative creation care being modeled by innovative individuals and organizations all over the world.

Elective Courses:

Introduction to Sustainable Development

3 CREDIT HRS, 300 LEVEL
This course explores how knowledge of ecological systems and values of creation care impact the formation and development of communities. In particular, the course gives attention to the ways in which people can live together in ways that promote environmental sustainability and social justice. Through readings, lectures and fieldtrips to local indigenous communities, students study complex issues in sustainable development such as the nexus of poverty, the environment, and justice, and the many practical challenges associated with sustainable community development. The course pays particular attention to the importance of understanding cultural context as a foundation for effective development, and considers multiple case studies from Native American communities in the Pacific Northwest.

Internship

2 CREDIT HRS
This course allows students the opportunity to gain experience in particular areas of sustainability or service. Internships are selected based upon student’s area of study, interests and professional aspirations. Through journals, discussions, readings, papers and presentations, students develop a greater understanding of what it means to engage in work in their chosen field.

1 week per credit hour, up to two credit hours maximum.