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Environment and Agriculture: Sustainable Food Systems

(Offered every Summer Term)

To apply, please set up an appointment with our HECUA advisor (contact info below). The application deadline is April 15.

Learn to understand sustainability through the lens of the U.S. food system using a diversity of theoretical tools in a range of disciplines (ecology, agronomy, philosophy, economics, and sociology). In this course, you'll use these tools to analyze the environmental, economic, and quality of life issues that define modern farming. You'll learn from the experts on the ground though visiting a wide variety of farms, a research lab, a meat-packing plant, a creamery, and a cultural arts center. Three days spent on a farm of your choice helping with planting, milking, and caring for animals will help you learn about the complex ecological and economic decisions that go into farm planning.

Should You Join Us? Are You Eligible?
This course is designed for upper-level students who have completed introductory work and are prepared to engage in critical reflection using an integrated and interdisciplinary approach. We hope to create a learning community in which students from agronomy and environmental sciences will teach as well as learn from students in liberal arts disciplines such as history and political science.

Credit Information:

U of M students can earn 4 to 6 credits for this summer program. You'll register for ID 3564, a 4-credit class. You can also choose to register for ID 3565, which is an optional 2-credit internship. The internship would take place during the month of July. Many U of M departments also award major/minor credit to participating students. (Contact your advisor or the Off-Campus Study office for details).

HECUA's Environment and Agriculture program fulfills this U of M Liberal Education Requirement:
  • Environment Theme

Tuition Information:

Tuition for the Environment and Agriculture summer program (during the 2012 summer) is $2,500. If students choose to do the optional 2-credit internship, the program fee increases to $2,900. Additional application fees may also apply.

Most financial aid applies, and there are several scholarships available to U of M students. Contact our HECUA advisor for more details (see below).

Still Have Questions?
Here are a few other ways to get your questions answered:

—Make an appointment to meet with our HECUA advisor.

—See the Environment and Agriculture page for a sample syllabus, exact program dates, and much more information.