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Bachelor of Arts in Energy and Sustainability Policy
Our global economy relies heavily on an abundant and consistent supply of energy. Within the last decade, new employment opportunities have emerged as we witness a worldwide power shift toward a more sustainable way of life. With a Bachelor of Arts in Energy and Sustainability Policy (ESP), you can gain the knowledge and skills to research, analyze, and communicate diverse information about emerging global trends in energy policy, technologies, and economics.
As a student in the program, you can:
- acquire technical knowledge of energy use (both conventional and renewable) and its environmental implications
- gain valuable analytical and communication skills
- develop strong collaboration skills needed to facilitate stakeholder interactions on matters related to energy, sustainability, and related policies
- strengthen your global perspective through studies related to foreign language and world cultures
- expand your knowledge in areas of interest beyond your major
Graduates will be prepared to act as agents for stakeholders — faciliating communications, design, and planning between the executive wing and operations wing of various organizations, including commercial firms, government agencies, nonprofits, regulatory and advocacy bodies, and energy trade groups.
The Penn State Difference
The ESP program at Penn State is one of the few online programs in the country that focuses specifically on policy within the realm of energy and sustainability. Our program is all-inclusive, covering all forms of energy with policy serving as the program's nexus.
In addition to instilling a strong sustainability ethic, we integrate an international perspective into the program, so you can gain knowledge of international, social, cultural, and political dimensions of energy and sustainability considerations on a global scale.
Your Online Bachelor of Arts Curriculum
This interdisciplinary program integrates coursework in energy security, sustainability management, foreign and domestic energy, and sustainability policy analysis. As a student, you will also gain a well-rounded education that emphasizes communication skills (including foreign language), global cultures, and humanities.
Energy and Sustainability Policy Video
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Military Grant-in-Aid Benefits for ESP Students
The Military Grant-in-Aid is an undergraduate program that brings our tuition rate closer to the Department of Defense cap, making a Penn State World Campus quality education more affordable to our military students and spouses. More details, including Grant-in-Aid forms, can be found on the Military Grants and Scholarships page.