The Bay's most innovative degrees show the way to the future
Mills College, 5000 MacArthur Blvd., Oakl. (510) 430-2255, www.mills.edu
GREEN AND SUSTAINABLE TRAVEL
Tourists looking for a tequila sunrise and a tan may not realize that the pool they're baking beside used to be a jungle. Each year, sensitive wildlife areas the world over are steamrolled under hotel strips. At the same time, environmentally-conscious tourism has become a booming industry. Given the facts, a student could do worse than this City College Business School program. The quickie certificate takes just a year — not a bad thing, considering ecotourism's popularity and the rapidly decreasing availability of stuff left to tour.
City College of San Francisco, Ocean Campus, 50 Phelan, SF. (415) 239-300, www.ccsf.edu
With a focus on risk reduction counseling, data collection, and outreach strategies, this one-year certificate in HIV/STI prevention studies from City College's health education department just seems like a really good plan to bring a brighter future to all.
City College of San Francisco, Ocean Campus, 50 Phelan, SF. (415) 239-3000, www.ccsf.edu
Preparing for the future is all about remembering the past ... or so might say a folklorist with a master's or doctorate from UC Berkeley. An interdisciplinary degree from the department of anthropology, folkloristics (that's the term) provide a new spin on the studies of ethnicity, nationality, gender, and sexuality, as well as the chance to revive vernacular tales, customs, beliefs, and plain ol' stories from days gone by.
UC Berkeley, 318 Sproul Hall No. 5900, Berk. (510) 642-7405, www.berkeley.edu
That "melting pot" we all learned about in grade school is on the boil — bubbling with a range of issues both sweet and spicy, and some we haven't even tasted yet. As our country continues to diversify, equity, social justice, and community empowerment will only become more important. San Francisco State University's B.A. in raza studies seeks to offer future leaders the knowledge, skills, and social consciousness necessary to navigate an increasingly complex social landscape.
San Francisco State University, 1600 Holloway Ave., SF. (415) 338-1111, www.sfsu.edu
If everything else on this list is just a bit too futuristic and far out, Golden Gate University offers one of the country's oldest and best-respected graduate programs in taxation. Looking for the ultimate in job security? This is your best bet since the San Francisco College of Mortuary Sciences closed in 2002. Death ... and taxes. Golden Gate University School of Taxation, 536 Mission, SF. (415) 442-7880, www.ggu.edu