Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between a dual major and a double major?

We get this question a lot. Here are the key differences between a dual major and a double major:

  • A dual major complements a primary major. If you'd like to participate in the sustainability dual major, you need to declare a primary major first. This can be a major from any college
  • A double major can stand alone as a course of study

When in doubt, contact us with questions.

How many electives can I double-count for my primary and dual major?

If there are Sustainability dual major electives available in your primary major, you may double-count two courses to count for both your primary and dual major. There are no limits to how many Discovery courses you can count as SDM Electives!

Can I do one capstone for both my primary and dual major?

Sustainability dual major students must take SUST 750, the sustainability capstone course. This course is designed to have students work in interdisciplinary teams to tackle local sustainability problems. At UNH, we support the belief that sustainability challenges are best solved by groups of people who bring different knowledge and perspectives to the table. SUST 501 is focused on learning the methods by which we can collaboratively address these challenges. Following, SUST 750 provides an opportunity for students to practice these collaborative skills and methods, which would not be possible when completing an individual capstone project. Further, SUST 750 asks students to reflect upon and make sense of the SUST courses and electives they’ve taken for the dual major and to showcase their knowledge and skills to future employers and graduate schools.

How do I apply to have a class from a study abroad program count as an elective for the sustainability dual major?

You can apply to have up to 3 courses from a study abroad program count as electives for your sustainability dual major. Please complete this petition form and return it along with a syllabus for the course to Vanessa Levesque. If you have any questions about course selection or the form, please contact Professor Levesque to set up a meeting.

To be approved, the course(s) must focus on sustainability content or meet one or more of the following Sustainability Dual Major Learning Objectives:

  • learn to analyze and evaluate current sustainability challenges that involve coupled social-ecological systems;
  • learn to create innovative models, approaches, frameworks and/or business ideas that address one or more local, regional, or global sustainability challenges involving coupled social-ecological systems;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the complex cultural, scientific, and social perspectives of sustainability challenges;
  • demonstrate a capacity to communicate an understanding of the complex challenges inherent in sustainability theory and practice in a manner that is understandable for both novice and advanced audiences
  • develop competencies to work across multiple disciplines to solve sustainability challenges;
  • learn to work in transdisciplinary teams;
  • directly engage with the challenges and opportunities of sustainability on and beyond the campus.

I took a class at UNH that is related to sustainability but it is not one of the approved electives. Can I get credit for it as a sustainability dual major elective?

Yes, it is possible to petition to have a sustainability-related UNH course approved as an elective for the dual major. You can complete a petition either before or after taking a course. To do so, please complete this petition form and submit it along with a syllabus for the course to Vanessa Levesque. If you have any questions about course selection or the form, please contact Professor Levesque to set up a meeting.

To be approved, the course(s) must focus on sustainability content or meet one or more of the following Sustainability Dual Major Learning Objectives:

  • learn to analyze and evaluate current sustainability challenges that involve coupled social-ecological systems;
  • learn to create innovative models, approaches, frameworks and/or business ideas that address one or more local, regional, or global sustainability challenges involving coupled social-ecological systems;
  • demonstrate an understanding of the complex cultural, scientific, and social perspectives of sustainability challenges;
  • demonstrate a capacity to communicate an understanding of the complex challenges inherent in sustainability theory and practice in a manner that is understandable for both novice and advanced audiences
  • develop competencies to work across multiple disciplines to solve sustainability challenges;
  • learn to work in transdisciplinary teams;
  • directly engage with the challenges and opportunities of sustainability on and beyond the campus.