There is an increasing demand and need for business professionals in the West Georgia community as well as nationwide who understand sustainability in a business setting. Sustainability is one of the key areas in UWG's strategic plan and UWG has actively pursued sustainability initiatives such as establishing an Office of Sustainability and on-campus recycling programs. "A Certificate in Sustainability in Business" will provide students with the educational background to be more effective in working and developing sustainability initiatives in organizations. The program will use a combination of courses which are already offered in the Richards College of Business. These courses can be taken by any eligible UWG undergraduate student.

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  • Overview

    A Certificate in Sustainable Business can be completed by a business or non-business major. Business majors are eligible when they are completed all courses to attain Major Status within the College of Business. Non-business majors are eligible when they have completed 45 hours of classes with at least 2.0 GPA and the appropriate prerequisites. Students can formally apply to enroll in the program at the Department of Marketing & Real Estate office.

    To apply for the Certificate in Sustainable Business fill out the Online Application.

    Program Location

    Carrollton Campus

    Method of Delivery

    Face to Face

    Accreditation

    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    The Richards College of Business is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business - International (AACSB-I).

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required: 12

  • Cost

    This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.

    Details

    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online courses are charged at the general tuition rate plus an eTuition rate BUT with fewer fees and no extra charges to non-Residents.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

  • Courses

    General

    Course Requirements (12 hours)

    Select 4 from the following:

    - MGNT 3625 - Social Corporate Responsibility**
    - ACCT 4265 - Sustainability Accounting and Reporting
    - MGNT 3630 - Environmental Law
    - ECON 3480 - Environmental and Natural Resource Economics
    - International Business Course - (MKTG 4866 OR MGNT 4625)
    - Independent study focusing on sustainability in any business discipline (MKTG 4881; MGNT 4682; ECON 4481; ACCT 4285, FINC 4585, CISM 4382)
    - Internship focusing on sustainability in any business discipline (MKTG 4886; MGNT 4686: ECON 4486; ACCT 4286; FINC 4586; CISM 4386)

    **Note:  MGNT 3625, "Contemporary Issues in Management" can be offered as either "Quality Assurance" or "Social Corporate Responsibility."   For the Certificate in Sustainable Business, the student must take MGNT 3625 when it is offered as “Social Corporate Responsibility.”  Click on the course link below for syllabi and specific offerings for past semesters and current semester.

    • ACCT-4265 - Sustainability Accounting and Reporting

      An examination of the tripartite or triple bottom line reporting framework that highlights the economic, environmental, and social performance of an organization. Emphasis is placed on how sustainability creates shareholder value and on how sustainable performance helps investors, creditors, and other users distinguish between companies operating efficiently and those which are not.

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    • CISM-4386 - Business Internship (Management Information Systems)

      Practical internship experience with a commercial firm or organization for selected junior or senior students. (Students will be given a written agreement specifying course credit hours and grading system to be used).

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    • ECON-3480 - Environmental and Natural Resource Economics

      This course surveys the issues arising from the interaction of economic and ecological systems, the suitability of the market mechanism to allocate natural and environmental resources, and policy options when markets fail. Applications include energy, climate change, pollution control, land use, fishery management, and water scarcity.

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    • FINC-4585 - Special Topics in Finance

      Title and description of specific course to be specified at time of offering. Course (with different title and description) may be repeated with Department Chair's permission up to a maximum of 6 hours of credit.

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    • MGNT-3625 - Contemporary Issues in Management

      Title and description of specific courses to be specified at time of offering. Course may be repeated with permission, up to a maximum of 10 hours.

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    • MGNT-3630 - Environmental Law

      An introduction to the legal and regulatory aspects of environmental law, its history and sources, its reliance on scientific principles as well as its relationship to business management.

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    • MGNT-4625 - International Management

      International operations of American firms, impact of international competition in the domestic market; organization for international production, marketing, financing, international markets, resources, institutions, managerial problems arising out of governmental relations.

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    • MGNT-4686 - Business Internship (Management)

      Practical managerial internship experience with a commercial firm or organization for selected junior or senior students. (Students will be given a written agreement specifying course credit hours and grading system to be used.)

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    • MKTG-4866 - International Marketing

      This course deals with the problems and perspectives of marketing across national boundaries. It focuses on cultural, legal, social, economic, and behavioral differences that affect marketing strategies, and the marketing mix in global markets. The importance of international trade agreements and organizations and the global business environment is emphasized.

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  • Admissions

    Guidelines for Admittance

    Specific requirements are associated with the following areas: FreshmanAdult LearnersTransfer; International; Home School; Joint/Dual Enrollment; Transient; AuditorPost-Baccalaureate Non-Degree Seeking

    Application Deadlines

    Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines are available via the Graduate School

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    Contact

    Contact the Office of Admissions for additional information.

  • Dates

    Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate only), Financial Aid, Fee Payments, Registration, Start/End of term, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP.

  • Objectives

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