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Dual-Title Degrees

Dual-title degrees are available in Rural Sociology and four options: Demography, Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment, International Agriculture and Development, or Women's Studies.

Rural Sociology and Demography

The Rural Sociology graduate program participates in the multidisciplinary dual-title graduate programs in demography. Interested students are able to earn a dual-title master's and/or doctoral degree in Rural Sociology and Demography.

Dual-title students take additional required courses in demographic theory and methods that fall into four categories:

  • Disciplinary survey courses
  • Demographic methods
  • Seminars in demographic processes
  • Elective courses in population studies

The full description of the dual-title program, including all course offerings in the seven affiliated departments is available on-line.

Faculty in Rural Sociology offer four demography courses intended to provide students with an understanding of theories and substantive demographic issues in the following areas:

  • Health and mortality
  • Poverty and inequality
  • Population and development
  • Children in developing countries

These courses are appropriate for all rural sociology students with substantive interest in these areas, not just dual-title demography students. These courses are also intended to prepare students for comprehensive exams in the demography concentration area.

Rural Sociology and Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment

The Rural Sociology graduate program participates in the transdisciplinary intercollege dual-title graduate programs in Human Dimensions of Natural Resources and the Environment (HDNRE). Interested students are able to earn a dual-title master's and/or doctoral degree in Rural Sociology and HDNRE.

Dual-title students take additional required courses including:

  • Integrated Perspectives in HDNRE
  • Ethical Issues in HDNRE
  • HDNRE Colloquium

and select among other required courses which provide a foundation for engaging in HDNRE-related applied and basic research, teaching, and outreach.

The full description of the HDNRE program is available online.

Faculty in Rural Sociology offer one required course in the core curriculum of HDNRE (Human Dimensions of Natural Resources) and several related courses:

  • Social Impact Analysis
  • Theories and Methods of Community and Natural Resources
  • Natural Resource Sustainability

which provide students with an understanding of theories and substantive natural resource and environmental issues. A thesis/dissertation on a natural resource and environment topic which includes social aspects of resource use is required of students in the dual-title degree program.

Rural Sociology and International Agriculture and Development (INTAD)

The dual-title M.S. and Ph.D. degree programs allow students to earn a degree in both International Agriculture and Development and their primary program. The dual-degree can increase students' career opportunities by appealing to a wider range of prospective employers. INTAD enables students to develop expertise and skills, as well as acquire practical experience in international agriculture and development, all while maintaining professional identification with their primary discipline.

At the core of the program is the course INTAD 820: International Agricultural Development Seminar. Each seminar session is led by professors from different departments with multiple international experiences and expertise in subject matter and process skills. The focus of this course will change annually to reflect issues in the global arena and faculty interests and expertise. In particular, this course will emphasize analytical thinking and application of knowledge. Students will be challenged to integrate knowledge gained in other classes and to develop an ability to translate and transfer this information into an international context.

Rural Sociology and Women's Studies

The dual-title degrees grounded both in Rural Sociology and Women's Studies fosters scholarly work across disciplines and increase the intellectual rigor and breadth of graduate work through immersion of candidates in Women's Studies and Rural Sociology. The dual-title degree will also provide a context in which students can learn to synthesize knowledge within and across disciplinary boundaries. In addition, a dual-title degree program provides students with an opportunity for increased work within a pedagogical framework that encourages an interdisciplinary approach to teaching.

The Department of Women's Studies has more information on the dual-title degree.

Prospective students seeking admission to the dual-title degree program should apply directly to Rural Sociology. Each applicant should state that she/he wishes to apply to the dual-title degree in Women's Studies, and should include in the application a statement of purpose that addresses the ways in which her/his research and professional goals reflect an interest in interdisciplinary and feminist research. Both the Women's Studies program and the cooperating department will evaluate applications and decide on admission.

Doctoral-level dual-title degree students are required to take nine credits of course work in Women's Studies:

  • WMNST 501: Feminist Perspectives in Research and Teaching (3 credits)
  • WMNST 502: Global Feminism (3 credits)
  • WMNST 507: Feminist Theory (3 credits)

Students also must complete nine additional credits of Women's Studies course work (at least 6 of which should be at the 500 level) chosen in consultation with the Women's Studies graduate adviser. A dissertation on a women's studies topic is required of students in the dual-title degree program.