An article by Dr. Patricia Allen, food systems & society department chair, was selected for inclusion in a "best of" retrospective issue of the esteemed journal Gastronomica.
Please note: The following are proposed degree requirements and are subject to change. Degree requirements will be published in the 2013-14 Marylhurst University catalog.
MS in Food Systems & Society
Minimum of 48 quarter credits
Foundation Courses (12 crs.)Food Systems and Society
Program Intensive Courses (12 crs.)
There are four required on-campus intensives that take place in the fall and spring terms of each year. Lasting three to five days each, the intensives are designed to build a collegial and convivial learning and research community during the program and beyond. 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 the food system.
The fall 2013 intensive is scheduled for October 3 - 6, 2013.
The spring 2014 intensive is scheduled for June 12 - 15, 2014.
Seminar/Practicums (12 crs.)
Students will discuss contemporary issues in food systems as they relate to theory and practice in the context of their research project in three seminar/practicum courses.
Each student will develop and produce a publication- or presentation-quality body of work to complete the degree. Students 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. While the types of final projects will vary, each student will interact with all the elements of the research process including literature review, theory, research methods, analysis and evaluation.
A final paper due at the conclusion of each seminar will complete a third of the research project. Seminar 1 will result in completion of the problem statement and literature review; Seminar II will be the methods and results and Seminar III, the analysis and recommendations.
Electives (12 crs.)
Choose from electives offered by the food systems and society program or with adviser permission, select relevant courses from other Marylhurst departments. Examples include:
Digital Literacy / Digital Activism, Urban Agriculture and Community Gardens, Environmental Law and Food Systems, Food Systems and Environmental Health, Food Supply Chain Management, A Taste of Place: The Culture and Commerce of Oregon Wine, Practical Food Activism, Food Systems and Health.