How much of the certificate must be completed in residence at UT?

UT policy stipulates that at least half of the certificate courses (9 hours) must be taken in residence at UT. However, in general it is preferred for your courses to be taken in residence.

When should I inform The School of Human Ecology Advising Center of my intent to pursue the Food and Society Certificate?

You should fill out the Intent to Pursue the Food and Society Certificate form as soon as you are certain that you will be pursuing it.

My degree requirements are complete and I am graduating, but I still have some certificate courses to complete. Can I finish the certificate after graduating?

UT policy stipulates that students may compete a maximum of 9 hours toward a transcripted certificate after earning an undergraduate degree, and these hours must be completed within one year of earning the degree. 

What if I want to pursue another certificate in addition to Food & Society?

Taking on multiple certificates will require detailed planning to stay on track for four-year graduation. The sooner you can devise your graduation plan, the better. Work closely with your major advisor to review and plan your remaining major requirements so you can see clearly how much space you have to add in certificate requirements.

In addition to meeting with your academic advisor, also work closely with each certificate office to find out all of the certificate requirements and whether there are any options for overlap. Review the certificate requirements in conjunction with your major requirements and map a plan to graduation. Work with your major advisor if you need help planning once you know the requirements for each certificate of interest to you.

Will I receive a paper certificate when I finish?


No, but your transcript will reflect completion of the Certificate and you may list the Certificate on your resume or CV. 

How many hours of theme courses can I take toward the Certificate?

The Certificate is a total of 18 hours comprised of several food and society related themes and nutrition courses. Students must complete an Introductory Nutrition class in addition to 15 hours of coursework chosen from a minimum of two of the themes. No more than 9 hours in a single theme may be applied toward the certificate. 9 hours of the 15 hours must be completed at the upper-division level. 

Can I take a theme course outside of UT and count it toward a theme or Nutrition requirements?

Theme courses may be transferred in as long as they are direct equivalents, though there are only a handful of courses that will work since the majority of the theme courses are upper-division and/or UT specific. 

The course I want to take for a theme is restricted, how do I get in?

The course being listed as an option on the certificate does not guarantee enrollment. You will need to contact the advising office of the department offering the course to see if you can add the course you want.

Always have backup options that are unrestricted and be prepared to be flexible with your schedule in order to complete the certificate in a timely manner (i.e. don’t wait several semesters for a specific course to be offered because there are no guarantees that it will be offered or available; prioritize accessible courses).

When should I fill out the request to have the certificate transcripted?

You should apply to have the certificate transcripted the semester in which you are graduating. You can find the form here