Academic Programs & RESEARCH
Developing the leaders of a more sustainable future.
Professionals grow from authentic experiences. In the Falk School, undergraduate and graduate-level programs are built around practical applications that are focused on students' careers. Letting students use what they know ignites impactful projects with real results, and helps them discover talents, develop understanding, and further fuel their passions for change. Upon the completion of their programs, students have the knowledge, ability, and portfolios of work to show that they're not only sustainability professionals, but also leaders.
Our graduates have gone on to careers spanning the spectrum of our economy and finding leadership roles in sustainable fields that are reshaping how the world works.
“I like that I get to see what I’m studying. I get to actually put my hands in the water and talk directly about the way cities are run that affects the way water quality changes. These projects are affecting the greater picture of Eden Hall and also of Pittsburgh as a city.”
— Valerie Skinner, MSUS+MBA '17
DEGREES IN SUSTAINABILITY
The Falk School has responded to challenging ecological and economic times with an innovative program: the Bachelor of Sustainability. As a graduate, you can do more than tell employers what you're capable of doing; you'll be able to show them what you've done with a rich portfolio of real projects.
The MSUS program within the Falk School prepares students with interdisciplinary thinking to act upon important local to large-scale global issues, and be the agents of change that corporations, governments, and other organizations are looking for to lead, design and collaborate on sustainability initiatives.
The Master of Sustainability program, in partnership with Chatham's Master of Business Administration program, has developed a dual degree program that positions graduates for sustainability management and leadership in sustainable business sectors.
DEGREES IN FOOD STUDIES
The B.A. in Food Studies allows students to accumulate applied agricultural and culinary knowledge to gain mastery of experiential liberal arts through the lens of food.
The M.A. in Food Studies emphasizes a holistic approach to food systems, from agriculture and food production to cuisines and consumption, providing practical experience from field to table.
The Food Studies + MBA program provides breadth and depth in food studies, business, and sustainable business, equipping all students with a holistic understanding of food systems and business skills.
The Falk School of Sustainability & Environment is dedicated to creating professional sustainability leaders that can apply principles of the field across a variety of areas today and tomorrow. All of our students, faculty, and staff engage in interdisciplinary work that gives students experiences that drive real-world progress.
"Through Eden Hall Campus, our faculty and students discover theories and explore practices that will sustain the land, and, by extension, our cities and those who live in them.”
— David Finegold, DPhil, president, Chatham University
The Center for Regional Agriculture, Food, and Transformation (CRAFT) at Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus provides resources, learning opportunities, and technical assistance on food systems, regional food cultures, and sustainable economies to individuals, organizations, and businesses. CRAFT serves as a home for food systems information and data at the regional level, creating a network for research, education, and outreach on sustainable food.
The Center for Sustainable Leadership at Chatham University’s Eden Hall Campus (CSL) is a joint initiative of the Falk School and Chatham’s Business Department. The CSL helps organizations enhance and maintain employee engagement with sustainability at work to boost organizational performance, including work in a research pilot with Highmark Health over the past few years to enhance employee engagement with sustainability and sustainable practices.
Faculty in the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment use Eden Hall Campus to employ classroom learning for research, experience, and education in disciplines related to agriculture, sustainable technologies, water, aquaculture, food systems, and more.
Students in Chatham's Falk School of Sustainability & Environment use Eden Hall Campus to conduct research on a number of areas central to sustainability, including environmental issues like the ecologic impact that invasive, non-native species like Japanese Barberry is having on our woodlands.