HRT 475: International Studies in Horticulture


  • Dr. Kristin Getter (lead)
    1066 Bogue Street, Room A240-E
    East Lansing, MI 48824-1325
    (517) 353-0341
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  • Susan Gruber
    1066 Bogue St, Room A164
    East Lansing, MI 48824

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Credits and Offerings

  • 3 credits
  • Summer semester of odd years

Course Description

A two-week faculty-led study broad experience in the United Kingdom offered the second and third week of May 2017 and odd years thereafter.  This program has the following goals:

  • To describe and compare historical horticulture techniques/issues with modern day aspects of horticulture
  • To enhance student learning through two service learning projects (applying knowledge to practical experience)

Course Objectives

  • Gain historical and geographical knowledge of horticulture
  • Explain, describe, and practice (service learning project) the modern urban farming movement
  • Explain and describe the historical use of plants as medicines, poisons, textiles and compare and contrast to moderns uses of plants
  • Be able to describe and explain modern sustainable plant production practices and compare and contrast those with traditional methods
  • Explain how the use of plants can improve the environment and apply and demonstrate that knowledge through a service learning project with native students
  • Identify, describe, and explain modern horticulture issues and compare and contrast with historical ones
  • Identify and explain modern plant handling and distribution, including bio-safety concerns
  • Understand how modern research is performed for sustainable production and protection of plants
  • Practice written and oral communication (journaling via blogging, oral summaries)