The Cannabis Studies Certificate program is a 12-credit interdisciplinary program in all things cannabis – including its historical, cultural, economic, political, legal, chemical, medicinal, and spiritual dimensions – as well as in the cultivation of marijuana and hemp and the commercial development of the cannabis industry. The Cannabis Studies Certificate program is a gateway to the growing cannabis industry, providing education, experience, and the opportunity to enter this growing field.
Why Study Cannabis at Castleton?
- Flexible: This program can be an added credential for students pursuing a bachelor's degree at Castleton or a stand-alone credential for working professionals seeking expertise in an emerging field.
- Dynamic and Career-Focused: Learn how to capitalize on today's emerging employment opportunities, including professional cannabis businesses, organizations, and enterprises.
- Experiential and Multidisciplinary Education: With our required internship you'll learn first-hand knowledge from industry professionals and our multidisciplinary approach will teach you the how, the why, and even the why you should care in the first place.
- Affordable and Accessible: Just 12 credits, including opportunities to take courses over the summer and a flexible internship, means you can complete the program at your own pace.
What You'll Learn
As a student in the Cannabis Studies program, you will take courses that provide you with an understanding of the economic and business aspects of the cannabis industry, public health and policy issues surrounding the cultivation, processing, and sales of cannabis products, the political, legal, civil, and criminal justice dimensions of cannabis, and more.
Cannabis Studies Courses
- Cannabis, Culture, and Consciousness
- Cannabis, Cultivation, and Care
- Cannabis Studies Internship: Complete one internship in Sociology (research, law, policy), Cultivation, or Business
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What Careers Can I Pursue?
Students who complete the Cannabis Studies Certificate program are well-prepared for diverse careers in a variety of industries, including:
- Cultivator, cultivation manager
- Master grower
- Cultivation site worker/trimmer
- Dispensary manager, administration
- Budtender, dispensary technician, dispensary agent
- Nursing, cannabis medicine consultant
- Sales and Marketing
- Legal assistance, regulations consultant
- Food producer, chef
- Laboratory worker
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- Valley Stock Farm (Orwell, Vermont)
- 802 Craft Cannabis (Sudbury, Vermont)
- Greeley Farm (West Haven, Vermont)
- Green Mountain Grown (Pittsfield, Vermont)
- The Dihedral Group (Waterbury, Vermont)
- Xtract Vermont (St. Albans, Vermont)
- Sterrett Law (Williston, Vermont & Massachusetts)
- Greenbridge Consulting/Vermontijuana (Irasburg, Vermont)
- Castleton Natural Science Department
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Meet Our Cannabis Studies Faculty
Your professors bring a wealth of experience and knowledge into the classroom, with insight into the hemp market in Vermont, medical cannabis, business development, sales and marketing, and more.
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