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The Environment and Community Master of Arts in Social Science program is a two year, interdisciplinary graduate program focused on the diverse relationships between environment and community. This effort involves transcending a dichotomy between nature and society, and devoting attention to the built environment as well as the more-than-human world. We seek to better understand sustainability and community resilience within the context of social and environmental change at diverse scales ranging from the local to the global scale. The program is committed to conceptually rigorous, applied research on sustainability and equity. Students explore these topics through graduate seminars in three thematic dimensions. Capstone topics in this program include the following general themes: sustainable food systems, community-natural resource management interactions, environmental and social justice, environmental education, Native American/indigenous natural resource management, and sustainable urban communities. Our program alumni successfully pursue diverse careers.

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The deadline to submit the CSU graduate application form for fall admission is February 1. The file completion deadline (all materials other than the CSU graduate application form) is March 1.

Maria Vang filming “Uprooted: Political Transplants in the Garden” (E&C research on the Henderson Community Garden, Eureka, CA) Local filmmaker Eileen McGee and E&C student Elena L'Annunziata filming “Uprooted: Political Transplants in the Garden” Hmong gardener Khoua Vang in her garden (E&C student research on the Henderson Community Garden, Eureka, CA) Coffee farmer next to his house built from coffee revenues (E&C student research on coffee in Jamaica) Coffee farmer with her grandbaby and young child (E&C student research on shade grown coffee in Jamaica)  Ripe coffee cherries (E&C student research on coffee farmers’ perceptions of shade grown coffee in Jamaica) (E&C student research on shade grown coffee in Jamaica; photo by Junior Carson) “Los Tres Grandes” (The Big Three) plus Frida Kahlo (E&C student research on graffiti in Iztapalapa, Mexico City) Miguel Hidalgo’s leadership in Mexico’s fight for independence (E&C student research on graffiti in Iztapalapa, Mexico City) These community park walls are designated for use by graffiteros (E&C student research on graffiti in Iztapalapa, Mexico City) Katie Koscielak, with her research assistant, Karen Hernandez (E&C student research on graffiti in Iztapalapa, Mexico City) Food advertisements normalize modernity and female incompetence (E&C student research topic - food advertisements and gender) Food advertisements depict gender roles and societal norms (E&C student research topic - food advertisements and gender) Balboa Island, CA – fortifying the seawall (E&C student research topic - adapting to sea level rise) Napa, CA - wetlands from former salt ponds buffer rising sea level (E&C student research topic - adapting to sea level rise) Goleta Beach, Santa Barbara – implementing managed retreat (E&C student research topic - adapting to sea level rise)