New International Agriculture and Development graduate degree unveiled

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences is marking the nationwide observance of International Education Week (Nov. 13-19) by rolling out a new dual-title graduate degree in International Agriculture and Development.

Graduate students who are accepted into the program -- also known as INTAD -- and complete its requirements will receive a diploma that recognizes both their primary degree and the International Agriculture and Development dual-title. Students can earn a master's or a doctoral degree through the INTAD dual-title program.

So far, participating graduate programs are Agricultural and Extension Education; Agricultural, Environmental, and Regional Economics; Entomology; and Rural Sociology. Other programs can apply to join the dual-title program.

Upon graduation from the program, students will be better competitors for career opportunities working with international organizations, universities and research institutes, and international corporations, according to Deanna Behring, director of international programs for the College of Agricultural Sciences.

"Increasing numbers of employers are looking for graduates with international experiences and credentials," she said. "This new dual-title degree program was developed in response to this demand,

"The program provides graduate students with international perspectives and expertise to strengthen their primary graduate degree."

Students already enrolled in the participating graduate programs in the College of Agricultural Sciences can apply to enroll in the dual-title degree program, Behring said, adding that students will learn and develop skills through additional interdisciplinary core coursework and a broad range of supplemental elective courses.

They will get regular opportunities to interact with internationally accomplished faculty and peers in relevant fields, she said.

"Currently there are very few dual-title degree programs that aim to enrich the international education of graduate students," Behring said. "We are very pleased to be one of the first universities to give our students the opportunity to gain unique international perspectives and experiences through the International Agriculture and Development dual-title degree program."

Students interested in the new dual-title major can attend an informational session from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 15, in 118 Agricultural Sciences and Industries Building.

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Last Updated November 17, 2011