Classes are generally kept at small sizes so the lecturers can answer questions in detail and tailor their lessons to the students’ interests
Jane Miller from Canada
MA - Agrarian, Food and Environmental Studies major
Name: Jane Miller
Major: Agrarian, Food and Environmental Studies (AFES)
Why did you choose this major?
I wanted to gain more knowledge about food security after completing an undergrad in Environmental geography. The professors in AFES are recognized worldwide as experts in their field.
How will this major help you in the future (career wise)?
AFES has provided me with a strong theoretical knowledge of rural political issues that I have never studied before. I feel that I know so much more now that I can use to help people in the policies I assist in developing in the future.
What aspect of your major do you really like?
I like how small my major is because I am able to have more one on one time with professors when I have questions and I am able to get to know all of my classmates so closely. I feel like I am able to enjoy my education more and discuss ideas in depth because of the connections I am making.
Why did you choose ISS?
I initially looked at ISS because of the great location of the school in the Netherlands. After more research though I saw how well known they are for development studies, their strong testimonials from students doing research, and I wanted to learn more about the Journal of Peasant Studies, which has its home office in ISS!
The lecturer’s teaching methods:
Classes are generally kept at small sizes so the lecturers can answer questions in detail and tailor their lessons to the students’ interests. Lecturers take the time to get to know their students.
Would you recommend ISS to your peers?
If you are interested in a forward thinking, multicultural education then ISS could be the place for you! I would recommend the ISS to anyone who wants to make a positive change in the world through a development stream.
The cultural diversity of ISS:
ISS has amazing cultural diversity. Each day I am able to learn through the lens of a different culture just by having lunch with one of my classmates. While we are all very different everyone has the united goal of making development a field that brings justice, peace, and healthy livelihoods to people all over the world.