Program Requirements

These requirements are from an excerpt from the University Academic Catalog, which outlines the requirements for a student to earn the distinction of being a Castleton University graduate. The complete catalog is available online.

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 CSCP is a gateway to the growing cannabis industry, providing education, experience, and the opportunity to enter this growing field.

This program is designed to be completed in conjunction with an undergraduate degree or as a stand-alone program for personal and/or professional enrichment only. Students pursuing this as a stand-alone certificate will not qualify for Title IV federal financial aid. Students receiving federal aid must maintain full-time status with non-cannabis courses in order to avoid additional tuition charges.

Complete the following courses (9 cr):

Code Course Credits

BUS 2560

Canna-Business

With the increasing acceptance of cannabis in American society and elsewhere, including hemp for industrial purposes, the therapeutic uses of cannabis (e.g. CBD), and the increasing legalization of medical and recreational cannabis, the economic forecast for cannabis and hemp products and services is projected to be in the billions of dollars. The multi-faceted cannabis industry is expected to create a million jobs nationally in the next few years. This course provides a comprehensive overview of the economic and business aspects of the cannabis industry, including entrepreneurial, business management, marketing/advertising, tax/regulation, accounting, and investing dimensions. Federal financial aid cannot be used to cover the cost of any cannabis course.

Every term

3

PHI 2560

Cannabis, Cultivation, and Care

This course introduces students to the agroecological and medicinal horizons of cannabis cultivation. Through the philosophical lens of "care-ethics," students will explore these horizons by examining: 1) the world history of cannabis cultivation and contemporary horticultural techniques/methods; 2) the history of medicinal cannabis and contemporary therapies; 3) public health and policy issues surrounding the cultivation, processing and sales of cannabis products; 4) the values of sustainability and stewardship that cannabis cultivation fosters in the face of looming environmental issues and climate change. Federal financial aid cannot be used to cover the cost of any cannabis course.

Every term

3

SOC 2560

Cannabis, Culture, and Consciousness

This interdisciplinary course combines historical, sociological, cross-cultural, and philosophical perspectives on cannabis and its role and meaning in human cultures, societies, and individuals. The course will also explore the political, legal, civil, and criminal justice dimensions of cannabis. Applying historical, anthropological, sociological, and philosophical analyses of cannabis in multiple societies and across different cultural and historical settings will provide students with a broad, deep, and rich understanding of this important and often misunderstood and controversial plant. Federal financial aid cannot be used to cover the cost of any cannabis course.

This course fulfills the World Views frame of reference.

Every term

3

And complete one of these internships (3 cr):

Students are expected to complete 70 hours of work involving cannabis studies. The internship will culminate in a personal presentation (in-person or digital recording) of their experience.

Code Course Credits

BUS 3810

Internship

Students must meet with their Accounting, Business, or Computer Information Systems advisor to initiate the internship process. The Business Administration internship contract will be started at the initial meeting and completed through subsequent meetings with the advisor. In addition, students must register for the internship prior to starting the internship; and a signed internship contract is required for registration. Open to Juniors only.

Signed contract required at time of registration.

1-12

PHI 3810

Internship in Philosophy

The student assumes a position of responsibility for applying philosophical training in a real-world context. The internship is designed to meet the student's needs and interests, and to connect work experience to academic coursework. It is directed by an on-site supervisor, if available, and a faculty member.

Restrictions Permission of Program Coordinator required. Signed contract required at the time of registration.

Periodically

1-12

SOC 3810

Internship in Sociology

An opportunity for the student to take a position of responsibility in a professional environment under the direction of an on-site supervisor and a faculty member. Not more than 6 credits may be counted toward the 31 credit sociology major.

Signed contract required at time of registration.

Prerequisite: Permission of the coordinator.

1-12

(Total credits required for the certificate: 12)