As the next generation emerges into adulthood, they are seeking to not just be in this world, but actually make the world a better place to be in.

They recognize the preciousness of the planet and the limitations of resources, and desire to be educated in ways that allow them to make a change. As Tom Brokaw once said,

You are educated. Your certification is in your degree. You may think of it as the ticket to the good life. Let me ask you to think of an alternative. Think of it as a ticket to change the world

Today’s students seek degrees that move them to be world-changers.

Serving the World

American University’s School of International Service in Washington, D.C. has a Masters of Arts in Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs. According to their site this degree is “an ethical response to contemporary global problems”. Some aspects to this degree include:

·  Interdisciplinary program.

·  Jointly offered with International Peace and Conflict Resolution.

·  Prepares students to analyze and respond to difficult ethical choices in global affairs.

·  Students pick from 6 different tracks:

  1. Human rights and social justice.
  2. Peace and conflict resolution.
  3. Global environmental justice.
  4. Ethics of development.
  5. International economic justice.
  6. Global governance and international organizations.

Preserving Value

If you are interested in a school that teaches “manufacturing while providing a globally-focused curriculum from a Christian perspective” you can learn about the lean manufacturing MBA degree from Cornerstone. It’s a 42 credit course covering everything from research methods and international business practices, to accounting and even organizational behavior. Ultimately this degree will teach you to incorporate a Christian world view into ethical practices and decision making about business and lean manufacturing practices, especially “those created by the emergence of a diverse global economy”.

Managing the Environment

As people become increasingly aware of environmental issues, innovation and employment is increasingly important in these areas. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal at that the occupational outlook for environmental scientists and specialists has about a 19% expected growth rate, and a median salary of around $62,000 a year. Iowa State University’s department of Natural Resource Ecology and Management has undergraduate degrees in animal ecology and forestry. Here students can learn:

·  Animal ecology:

~  Basic principles of animal:

*  Biology.

*  Ecology.

*  Management.

~  Animal interaction through differing ecosystems.

~  Work:

*  In fisheries.

*  Zoo biologists.

*  Wildlife rehabilitation.

·  Forestry:

~  Knowledge and skills to manage ecosystems.

~  Work:

*  Restoration ecologists.

*  Conservationists.

*  Park rangers.

Finding Alternatives

In a recent article about America’s future using alternative power, columnist, Elisabeth Rosenthal wrote,

America is rich in renewable resources

Because of the demands for alternative energy, careers in renewable resources that also create new habitats   will be huge moving forward. Texas A&M offers a Renewable Natural Resource degree. Their goal is to “help students prepare for careers in . . . organizations associated with the planning and use of natural resources and the environment”. It is a 120 hour credit course, emphasizing management and policies.

Margaret Mead once stated,

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has

Do you own research into these degrees and discover how you can be a world-changer too.

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