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Graduation Year


Document Type

Open Access Senior Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science


Environmental Analysis

Second Department


Reader 1

Susan Phillips

Reader 2

Erich Steinman

Reader 3

Martín Vega

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The purpose of this research is to establish the viability of an Agroecology major at Pitzer College. I begin by problematizing Industrial Agriculture and making a case for Pitzer College to become a higher education leader in the global paradigm shift towards socially and ecologically just food systems. The proposed curriculum compiles pre-existing classes, objectives expanded from the EA field group, and an internship component embedded at five local land-based learning partner sites. I conducted a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) analysis of the Environmental Analysis field group as a potential host for the agroecology track, including study abroad sites where the proposed internship component could also take place. Finally, I analyzed the values and requirements of five agriculture-related curricula at California higher education universities in order to further provide recommendations for augmenting the informal agroecology curriculum already embedded at the Claremont Colleges.


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