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Student sitting on blanket on lawn with laptop smilingIn the fall of 2003, Aquinas College launched the nation's first undergraduate degree program in sustainable business, a non-traditional strategy that concurrently builds profitability and economic stability, restores the health of natural systems and promotes prosperous communities.

Sustainable Business fosters ecological and social intelligence. Its practices restore environmental quality, promote stable and healthy communities, and increase long-term profitability. It strives to prepare innovative change agents who will harness the power of business and the natural environment to foster financial prosperity, ecosystem resilience, and human flourishing. Our faculty have business experience as well as strong academic credentials.


Explore Sustainable Business at AQ


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Our Mission
To prepare innovative change agents who will harness the power of business and the natural environment to foster financial prosperity, ecosystem resilience, and human flourishing. 

Student Learning Outcomes
Principles for SB Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Student Learning Outcomes incorporate knowledge, skills, and attitudes.
  • All Student Learning Outcomes are assessable.
  • Student Learning Outcomes reflect the unique challenges posed by the aspiration for sustainability.

Sustainable Business students will learn to:

  1. Analyze and anticipate challenges and opportunities at the interface of nature, society, and business by deploying sustainability science knowledge and empathy
  2. Work collaboratively using systems thinking and innovation to identify sustainability pathways for businesses, organizations and communities
  3. Effectively align and engage ethical business strategy and practices with sustainability goals
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News and Events

See the latest news, events, initiatives, and stories from the Sustainable Business Department. From Bicycle fairs to Service Days, the Sustainable Business Department is active across the AQ community.

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Sustainable Transport

Show your AQ ID and ride the Rapid for just 25 cents a ride! Take advantage of our ever-improving public transportation system! The buses always run on time (or within a few minutes of scheduled time) and bus stops are numerous. Give it a try and "walk the talk."

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Sustainable Initiatives

Students love Aquinas for its small classes, personal attention, access to faculty, and hands-on experiences.

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Student Clubs

You can learn through volunteer activities and field trips to medical and research facilities.




  • Entry-level/management-trainee
  • Supervision of employees and operations
  • Project management
  • Team management
  • Information management
  • Operations management
  • Middle management
  • Top management

Human Resource Management

  • Recruiting/staffing
  • Compensation
  • Benefits
  • Training
  • Safety
  • Employee relations
  • Industrial relations
  • Organizational development
  • Equal employment opportunity
  • Employment law
  • Consulting

Operations Management

  • Operations research analysis:
    • Business strategy
    • Facilities layout
    • Inventory control
    • Personnel scheduling
  • Production management:
    • Line supervision
    • Manufacturing management
    • Production planning
    • Quality assurance
  • Materials management:
    • Purchasing/buying
    • Traffic management
    • Inventory management


  • Industrial sales
  • Consumer product sales
  • Financial services sales
  • Services sales
  • Advertising sales
  • Corporate sales
  • Manufacturer representation
  • Direct consumer sales
  • E-commerce
  • Customer service
  • Sales management:
    • District, regional, and higher


  • Sales
  • Claims
  • Underwriting
  • Risk management
  • Asset management
  • Loss control
  • Customer service

Banking and Finance

  • Commercial banking
  • Retail/consumer banking
  • Credit analysis
  • Lending
  • Trust services
  • Mortgage services
  • Branch management
  • Operations

Source: What Can I Do With This Major?

Occupational Employment and Wages - May 2022

Employment estimate and mean wage estimates for Administrative Services Managers:

Employment Mean hourly wage Mean annual wage
236,570 $55.59 $115,640


Percentile wage estimates for this occupation:

Percentile 10% 25% 50% 75% 90%
Hourly Wage $28.40 $37.73 $49.68 $65.00 $85.99
Annual Wage $59,070 $78,490 $103,330 $135,200 $178,870

For more information see: Bureau of Labor Statistics


Student Profiles

Advantage Center

The Advantage Center is here to support you as you pursue your goals in your carreer and beyond. Not sure what you want to do after graduation? The Advantage Center Staff can help you discover a path that is right for you.

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Alumni Profiles

AQ grads are thankful for the small class sizes that allow them to form personal relationships with professors.