Sustainable Management and Policy

About the Major

This major focuses on the development and implementation of policies that help communities meet the needs of the present without compromising the future. You will become prepared to lead and manage sustainability efforts in government, nonprofits, and businesses. You will learn to identify problems, address sustainability issues, and bring real change to communities and companies.

Skills and abilities this major develops include: strategic planning, critical thinking, leadership, and research.

Engaged Learning Experiences

Regardless of your major or future career, engaged learning is vital to your present and future. It makes you more marketable for jobs and professional schools upon graduation, it enables you to build deeper connections with faculty and staff in your field of study, and it makes your learning personal by connecting your interests and values with the curriculum from your classes.  Check out the three ideas below for places to get started, or learn more at IUPUI’s Institute for Engaged Learning website.

Quick Facts

Sample Coursework

  • Sustainable management
  • Natural resources and environmental policy
  • Environmental justice
  • Renewable energy technologies
  • Sustainable lifecycles
  • Leadership and ethics


Possible Careers

  • Environmental attorney*
  • Green entrepreneur
  • Community outreach marketer
  • Sustainability coordinator
  • Urban planner
  • Nonprofit manager

*This career requires further education/training.

Where could I work?

  • Keep Indianapolis Beautiful
  • August Mack
  • Keter Environmental
  • Government agencies
  • Profit and nonprofit businesses

Enterprise, Policy, and Planning Cluster

This major is part of the Enterprise, Policy, and Planning (EPP) cluster. The EPP cluster is the academic home of University College students pursuing or interested in business; economics; labor studies; organizational leadership; public and environmental affairs; sport management; and tourism, conventions, and event management.

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