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Food Studies Minor



The Minor in Food Studies is designed to enhance a number of major courses of study. It is especially good for students who have an interest in the food industry, tourism, journalism/RTVF, health science, education, or for students who just want to know more about food.

This program provides students with knowledge of the social and cultural factors that influence food choices, individual and social understandings of the meanings of food, and the sustainability of food systems, as well as a basic introduction to the general concepts of nutrition.

The minor includes 18 units of upper-division coursework, including up to 9 units of upper-division GE courses that can double count for GE and the Minor.

Internships are also available.

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Minor Coursework Includes:

1. Required course:

  • LBST 340  Food Studies in the Social Sciences (3) (GE D.4/D.5*)

 2. At least one course in nutrition:

  • ANTH 315  Culture and Nutrition (3) (GE E & Z)
  • BIOL/CHEM  311 Nutrition and Disease (3) (GE E)
  • PUBH 350  Nutrition (3) (GE E)

 3. Electives to make up the total of 18 units:

  • AFAM 301  African American Food Culture (3) (GE D.4/D.5* & Z)
  • AMST 418  Food and American Culture (3)
  • ANTH 315  Culture and Nutrition (3). (GE E & Z)
  • ANTH 413  Global Ethnographies of Food (3)
  • ANTH 458  Sustainable Urban Food Systems (3)
  • ANTH 459  Anthropology of Food and Nutrition (3)
  • BIOL 300  Environmental Biology and Sustainability (3) (GE B.5)
  • BIOL 352  Plants and Life (3) (GE B.5)
  • CHEM 311  Nutrition and Disease (3)
  • CHIC/PUBH 471  Obesity, Policy, and Hispanic Communities (3)
  • CPLT 388  Reading Food in Literature (3)
  • GEOG 373  Global Cuisines (3)(GE E)
  • HIST 490T  Senior Research Seminar: Food in History (3)
  • LBST 341  Ancient Eats: Food and Foodways in the Ancient World (3) (GE C.3/C.4*)
  • PUBH 350  Nutrition (3) (GE E)
  • PUBH 470  Childhood Obesity, Nutrition, and Social Context (3)
  • PUBH 472  Nutritional Assessment (3)
  • SOCI 380  The Social Life of Food (3) (GE D.1)
  • WGST 470T  Topics in Women Studies: Feminism, Sustainability, and the Environment (3)
  • Any other course approved by a Food Studies minor advisor

New courses that can be applied to the minor:

ANTH 413 Global Ethnographies of Food

ANTH 215 Urban Agroecology


* Depending on the student's catalog year.


For more information, contact Dr. April Bullock, Food Studies Minor Coordinator, by emailing or calling (657) 278-4038.