Environmental Humanities and Food Studies Graduate Certificates


Our graduate curriculum emphasizes flexible and individualized programs. We encourage innovative and interdisciplinary work culminating in first-rate, interdisciplinary scholarship and creative projects that draw from the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, environmental design, law and policy, journalism, and education. Students design an individualized course plan and select faculty mentors from across the university to advise them in developing and completing their projects and theses

Graduate Certificate in Environmental Humanities

The field of the Environmental Humanities is inherently interdisciplinary, drawing on the humanities disciplines of history, literature, philosophy, art and architectural history, theater arts, and the humanistic social sciences (anthropology, historical and cultural geography, sociology). The purpose of this certificate is to encourage students to deepen and broaden their understanding of the Environmental Humanities by sampling from a variety of disciplines that focus on the interactions between humans and the natural environment. Students will gain a deeper understanding of these interactions by studying the environment from a variety of humanistic perspectives.

Elective Courses 124
Experimental Course: [Topic]
Seminar: [Topic]
Literature and the Environment: [Topic]
Seminar: [Topic]
American Literature: [Topic]
Environmental Justice
Political Ecology
Internship: [Topic]
Experimental Course: [Topic]
Environment and Development
Seminar: [Topic]
The American West
The Pacific Northwest
American Environmental History: [Topic]
Workshop: [Topic]
Seminar: [Topic]
Environmental Philosophy: [Topic]
Issues in Environmental Sociology [Topic]
Environment and Resource Issues: [Topic]
Studies in Theater and Culture: [Topic]
Multicultural Theater: [Topic]
Seminar: [Topic]
Methods Electives 2
Ethnographic Research: Epistemology, Methods, Ethics
Technologies and Texts Capstone
GIScience I
Terminal Project 34
Terminal Project

Graduate students 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), and 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. 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.

Students who wish to earn a certificate will submit a letter of interest to the Center for Environmental Futures, explaining what most compels them about the field of the Environmental Humanities. This letter will help to guide advising.

16 hours must be earned "in residence" at UO.

Graduate Specialization in Food Studies

This 18-credit interdisciplinary graduate specialization track is open to all UO graduate students. By combining the food studies specialization with their primary degree, students can enhance their education and future marketability. The specialization offers a coherent structure that allows students to develop a richer intellectual foundation than would be possible or practical outside the program. The specialization also is designed to enrich the qualifications of Master’s and doctoral students, whether they have academic or community-based work aspirations.

ENVS 607Seminar: [Topic] (Food Matters: Interdisciplinary Perspectives in Food Studies)4
Breadth Requirement 18
Praxis/Internship Experience4
Colloquium Participation2
Total Credits18