Four New Specializations Added to Graduate Curricula

Food Studies

What does the picture at the right have to do with graduate education at the University of Oregon? It represents Food Studies, one of four new graduate specializations that will officially become part of graduate curricula next year.

The Provost has approved the graduate specializations starting in the 2013-14 academic year, continuing UO’s tradition of innovation in graduate education.  UO’s graduate programs strive to adapt and expand their curriculum in order to prepare students for the needs of the future. The approved specializations will be housed within existing areas of study but will now offer specialized credentials to graduate students who meet  the requirements.  

Food Studies
Food is central to human life and, in the past five years, has emerged as a new and vibrant area of study among faculty and students across the country. The Food Studies graduate specialization builds on this foundation to create an inclusive and developmental process. The specialization, open to students from any discipline, offers more space to collaborate, innovate and publish within this burgeoning academic field.  

Anchored in the biology and psychology departments, the graduate specialization in neuroscience has two overriding objectives. The first is to produce innovative, intellectually critical, and experimentally skilled neuroscientists with an interdisciplinary outlook. The second is to foster interdisciplinary research at the intersection between cellular neuroscience and cognitive neuroscience. Although UO already has a nationally recognized center for neuroscience research, this graduate specialization will for establish for the first time a common curriculum across the neurosciences in biology and psychology.

Prevention Science
The graduate specialization in Prevention Science will be offered to Counseling, Family, and Human Services master’s students. Prevention science is the application of scientific methodology to the understanding of human development and effective intervention.  Central to the field of prevention science is the study of both risk factors and protective factors that lead to either positive or negative outcomes as well as the development of interventions that reduce risk and support healthy development. Students in the program will have the opportunity to take a number of required graduate courses alongside doctoral students in counseling psychology and master’s students in couples and family therapy.  The curriculum is such that one completes both the M.Ed. and specialization in prevention science in one academic year.  

Sustainable Business Practices
Housed within one of the most environmentally friendly business school facilities in the nation, the Lundquist College of Business’s Sustainable Business Practices MBA specialization builds leaders who know how to balance social, environmental and financial responsibilities. Coursework includes sustainable business development, supply chain operations, principles of industrial ecology, project and operations management, and life cycle analysis. The specialization also encourages experiential initiatives that forge ties between curriculum and practice. Students gain access to leading scholars and practitioners and apply their knowledge in live consulting projects that require them to address real problems and deliver solutions that can be implemented.

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