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College Establishes Minor in Sustainability

The world is looking to American agriculture to feed an additional 2 billion people by 2050 and American agriculture is counting on college students to bear a significant burden of the brainpower needed to meet that challenge.

(RIGHT) Monte Anderson, professor of agriculture, works with students in his horticulture class. The new minor, Sustainability, features a core curriculum of several agriculture courses, including horticulture, along with a number of electives that match students' career interests.

Wilmington College has established a new minor, Sustainability, that will officially debut in fall 2013. It features an interdisciplinary curriculum with 12 hours in agriculture courses and a dozen hours of electives, from across the academic spectrum, designed to dovetail with a student’s career interests.

“It takes students on different paths,” said Monte Anderson, professor of agriculture. “This will be a minor that complements a lot of different majors.

“We have a great agriculture program at Wilmington College,” he added. “Our graduates understand horticulture, soil science and crop and animal science, but, with sustainability, it’s not all about agriculture — there’s a political and societal side to the subject.”