Graduate Specialization - Graduate Specialization in Food and Agricultural Standards

Program:
Graduate Specialization in Food and Agricultural Standards
Program Code:
7603 Food & Agricultural Standards
Program Level:
Graduate
Award Type:
Specialization Graduate - Masters
Start Term:
SS05
End Term:
FS10
College:
College of Social Science
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Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.
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College of Social Science

Interdepartmental Graduate Specializations

Graduate Specialization in Food and Agricultural Standards

The Graduate Specialization in Food and Agricultural Standards is administered by the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources and the College of Social Science. The primary administrative unit for this specialization is the College of Social Science.

The Graduate Specialization in Food and Agricultural Standards is available as an elective for students who are enrolled in master’s and doctoral programs at Michigan State University. This specialization is designed for graduate students who wish to explore connections among the political, ethical, strategic, and technical considerations presented by food and agricultural standards. Students enrolled in this specialization will develop their understanding of the relationships that connect science and technology to the creation, maintenance, and modification of agrifood standards; the ethical and value issues raised by standards in domestic and international agricultural production and marketing; the cultural and sociopolitical dynamics surrounding the development, maintenance, and change of agrifood standards; and the policy implications of global agrifood standards, including how the process of standards creation and implementation may be made more accountable, transparent, and democratic.

Students who are interested in the specialization must contact the advisor for the Graduate Specialization in Food and Agricultural Standards in the College of Social Science. To be admitted to the specialization, a student must have been admitted to a graduate program at Michigan State University. Each student’s program of study must be approved by the advisor for the specialization. Students are not permitted to take all elective courses within their own discipline.

With the approval of the department and college that administer the student’s degree program, courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the specialization may also be used to satisfy the requirements for a master’s or doctoral degree.

Requirements for the Graduate Specialization in Food and Agricultural Standards

The student must complete a total of 15 credits. At least three courses or 9 credits must be in 800-level courses.

               
1. Complete the following course :  
  SSC 820 Proseminar in Food and Agricultural Standards 3
2. Complete at least 3 credits from each of the following three areas:  
  Regulatory Frameworks      
  ANR 811 U.S. Food Laws and Regulations 3
  FSC 420 Quality Assurance 2
  FSC 421 Food Laws and Regulations 3
  FSC 490 Special Problems in Food Science 3
  LIR 868 Employment Law 3
  SOC 890 Individual Readings 3
  Economic and Political Approaches  
  AEC 817 Political Economy of Agricultural and Trade Policy 3
  AEC 831 Food Marketing Management 3
  AEC 841 Analysis of Food System Organization and Performance 3
  EC 840 International trade: Theory and Commercial Policy 3
  GEO 415 Location Theory and Land Use Analysis 3
  PLS 902 Research Seminar in Evaluation Research 3
  Human Dimensions and Social Perspectives  
  ANP 867 Social Impact Analysis 3
  GEO 402 Agricultural Climatology 3
  GEO 432 Environmental Ethics in Geography (W) 3
  GEO 454 Spatial Aspects of Regional Development 3
  HNF 406 Sociocultural Aspects of Food 3
  HRT 486 Biotechnology in Agriculture: Applications and Ethical Issues 3
  RD 444 Pesticides, People and Politics 3
  SOC 861 Agricultural Structure and Change 3
  SOC 868 Science and Technology 3
  VM 828 Food Safety Seminar Series 1
  VM 829 Problems in Food Safety 1
3. Complete the following course:  
  SSC 891 Food and Agricultural Standards 3