Water is a global resource and water security is crucial. Sustainable water management has profound implications for a variety of sectors, including:
- Agriculture and food security
- Economic development
- Public health
- Ecosystem services
Additionally, how we interact with water affects the health of other species, ecological communities, and entire ecosystems. Understanding water from diverse perspectives is critical to the future management of this essential resource.
The water sustainability minor at Illinois State prepares you to address the complex problems that threaten water security through an interdisciplinary lens.
Point of Pride
The Minor in Water Sustainability is part of the Center for a Sustainable Water Future. The center serves to increase educational opportunities and support instruction that focuses on a water theme across campus.
Why study Water Sustainability?
Housed in the Center for a Sustainable Water Future, the water sustainability minor gives you valuable and engaging experiences across a diversity of departments. You’ll explore all the complexities of the water sustainability field from a variety of perspectives and disciplines, highlighting how these all play a role in future policy and management decisions.
You will have opportunities to meet and learn from professionals whose work focuses on water. You can also participate in activities and experiences that extend beyond the campus boundaries. This will help you learn in deeper and more meaningful ways and enrich your classroom experience.
Water sustainability is an interdisciplinary program. This means you get to take classes in a variety of different fields and have opportunities to select classes that complement your major. This also helps you pursue your personal career goals.
The flexibility built into the water sustainability minor makes it feasible to combine it with a variety of different majors.