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Major in Global Food Security

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The Global Food Security Major provides a multidisciplinary approach to learning and offers a unique opportunity to combine studies in public health and food safety, international development, water resources, and environmental sciences with agriculture and nutrition.

Global food insecurity and hunger are present everywhere, from urban slums and isolated communities in the developing world, to cities in industrialized countries, and indigenous communities around the globe. Eradicating food insecurity and hunger is possible and will require individuals who can think, assess, analyze, and propose action, who have broad backgrounds that enable them to work for governments and non-governmental organizations as well as in the public and private sectors.

This Major combines comprehensive course work with hands-on experience through structured internships and study abroad opportunities. The field experience (in Canada or abroad) includes project development in local communities, observing smallholder agriculture on site, and participating in a variety of activities designed to sensitize future graduates to the challenges facing global populations in achieving food security.

For more information, please contact the bsc-advisor [dot] agenvscatmcgill [dot] ca (student advisor).

Specializations

Each specialization consists of 24 credits of courses (required and complementary) that provide a coherent package designed to prepare you for a future career in a given discipline.

Suggested Specialization:

â–  International Agriculture: Understanding of agriculture as a central mechanism to help rural development, alleviate poverty and achieve food security, especially in the developing world. Students have the option to experience a hands-on semester in a developing country.

You will need to select at least one specialization. However, if you wish to broaden your training, you have the option of choosing to do two specializations. Click here to view the complete list.

Courses

The Global Food Security Major consists of a core of 42 credits plus a 24-credit Specialization.

To view the list of courses, please see the Electronic Course Calendar

Careers

Career paths include:

  • International development;
  • International research and project management;
  • Food security and agriculture policy analysis;
  • Food safety and public health policies;
  • Agri-business management;
  • Federal and Provincial food security programs;
  • Careers in government, non-government and international institutions