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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 new 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.

Spring semester 2018 Study Abroad in London includes food studies courses! For more information see our Spark page


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Minor Coursework Includes:


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


At least one course in nutrition:

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


Electives for a total of 18 units:

  • AFAM 301 African American Food Culture GE D.5 & Z (3)
  • AMST 418 Food and American Culture (3)
  • ANTH 315 Culture and Nutrition GE E & Z (3)
  • 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 GE B5 (3)
  • BIOL/CHEM 311 Nutrition and Disease GE E (3)
  • BIOL 352 Plants and Life GE B5 (3)
  • CHEM 303ABC Biotechnology GE B.5 (3)
  • CHIC/PUBH 471 Obesity, Policy and Hispanic Communities (3)
  • CPLT 388 Reading Food in Literature (3)
  • GEOG 373 Global Cuisines GE E (3)
  • PUBH 350 Nutrition GE E (3)
  • PUBH 470 Nutrition, Obesity, and Social Context (3)
  • HIST 490T Food in History (3)
  • LBST/HIST 341 Ancient Eats: Food and Foodways in the Ancient World GE C.2 (3)
  • WGST 470T Feminism, Sustainability, and the Environment (3)


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