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The Environmental Concentration: Sustainable Food comprises four components: a gateway course, an academic core, practicum experiences and a capstone.

Gateway Course

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Academic Core

In consultation with their advisors, students will choose four courses from among the many food-related courses offered within the Five Colleges. Chosen courses must span at least two of the the three divisions (humanities; social sciences; natural sciences and engineering).

Capstone Course

ENX 301: Environmental Concentration Capstone: Sustainable Food

This seminar course will bring the concentrators together as a cohort to engage in a community and team-based capstone project. This offering complements the 100- and 200-level courses related to climate already offered at Smith by providing a deeper experience for climate change concentrators.

Submittal of Concentration Checklist

In early spring of their senior year, students are required to submit a completed Concentration Checklist form, signed by their advisor, indicating that the student has completed all Concentration requirements. Students will not receive credit for the Concentration without submitting this completed form to Joanne Benkley.


It is intended that any particular topic of the environmental concentration will come to an end after four years. Both students and advisors must be aware of the year of the final offering of the capstone course to ensure that the requirements of the concentration can be met, and students will only be accepted into the concentration if they have a clear plan for completion of the requirements.

In unusual circumstances, a student accepted into the concentration may be unable to complete the capstone course; such instances will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine an appropriate course of action.