Specialization Requirements

Graduate Specialization in Food Studies or Environmental Humanities 

The Environmental Studies program offers two graduate specializations which allow you to combine your primary degree with an additional set of courses designed to enrich your academic qualifications.  

Food Studies
Food Studies

This 18-credit interdisciplinary graduate specialization track is open to all UO graduate students. 

Core Course (4 credits): All students in the specialization will complete ENVS 607: Food Matters: Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Food Studies. 

Breadth Requirement (8 credits): Students will complete two 4-credit food-related courses outside their focal academic division. 

Praxis/Internship Experience (4 credits): Recognizing that food issues offer a particularly important link between the academic world and broader communities, students in the specialization will complete a hands-on experience with a group or project involved directly in food-related research, practice and/or advocacy. 

Colloquium Participation (2 credits): Enrollment in at least two terms of the one-credit “Food Talks” research colloquium during the student’s matriculation. 

Read more information about the Food Studies graduate specialization and its requirements.  

Environmental Studies Humanties
Environmental Humanities

Graduate students who wish to specialize in Environmental Humanities must take 24 credit hours from an approved list of courses.

  • No more than two of those courses may have the same subject code (with the exception of ENVS 609)
  • Only one course can come from the Methods Elective courses list
  • All courses must be at the 500 level or above.   

There are no required courses for the Environmental Humanities specialization. However, students must produce and successfully present a public-facing creative project that draws on two or more disciplines, in consultation with a project advisor from each discipline. Students may elect to take up to 4 credit hours of ENVS 609 Terminal Project as part of their required credit hours, in addition to up to two courses with the ENVS subject code. 

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Graduate Specialization