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Degree Requirements

MS in Food Systems & Society
Minimum of 48 quarter credits

Foundation Courses - 15 credits

Food Systems & Society
Food Politics
Food In Culture (new in 2014-15)
Food Systems Inquiry
Engagement for Social Change (new in 2014-15)
Thesis Development Seminar 

Program Intensive Courses - 12 credits

Intensive 1 (Year One Fall)
Intensive 2 (Year One Spring)
Intensive 3 (Year Two Fall)
Intensive 4 (Year Two Spring)

There are four required on-campus intensive sessions that take place in the fall and spring terms of each year. Lasting up to five days, each of the intensives are designed to build a collegial and convivial scholar-practitioner community. Intensives will include lectures, discussions, field trips, and collaborative activities focused on food systems and social change. Students will reflect on their experiences and program coursework to increase our shared understanding of how to improve food system equity.

Thesis - 12 credits

Food Issues Seminar/Practicum 1
Food Issues Seminar/Practicum 2
Food Issues Seminar/Practicum 3

In these courses, students will discuss contemporary issues in food systems in the context of their required thesis. Each student will develop and produce a publication- or presentation-quality thesis to complete the degree. They will engage with a subject or topic meaningful to them and relevant to social change in the food system. Topics will be developed in consultation with and approved by a faculty adviser. Each student will interact with all the elements of
the research process including research question, problem statement, literature review, methodology, analysis and recommendations.

Electives - 9 credits

Topics in Food Systems & Society
Related courses with adviser approval

Please see the current Marylhurst University catalog for complete information.

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