Food Studies (Minor)

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​The Food Studies minor brings together the social and natural sciences to explore urban and sustainable agriculture, scientific aspects of food, food security issues, and topics related to food cultures, food politics and food access. The Food Studies minor will enable students to pursue an interdisciplinary minor that complements their major field of study. This minor will give students the practical expertise in Geographic Information Systems (GIS), horticulture, urban agriculture and scholarship in issues of food access and food justice to engage in and contribute to debates about urban and community food systems, both locally and globally. In addition, the Food Studies minor will offer students the opportunity to pursue service-learning facilitated by the Steans Center for Community-based Service Learning.

Course Requirements

Course Title Quarter Hours
ENV 240INTRODUCTION TO HORTICULTURE4
GEO 141GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS I: DIGITAL MAPPING4
Select two of the following:8
COMMUNITY FOOD SYSTEMS
URBAN AND COMMUNITY AGRICULTURE
GEOGRAPHY, FOOD AND JUSTICE
Select two of the following electives:8
FOOD AND CULTURE
ANTHROPOLOGY OF FOOD MOVEMENTS AND PRACTICES
FOOD, FUEL FOR LIFE
EXPLORING NUTRIENTS/SCIENCE OF NUTRITION
COMMUNITY FOOD SYSTEMS
URBAN AND COMMUNITY AGRICULTURE
ENVIRONMENTAL SOIL SCIENCE
GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS II: COMMUNITY GIS
GLOBALIZATION AND RESOURCES
CULTURAL AND POLITICAL ECOLOGY
WORLD OF WINE
GEOGRAPHY, FOOD AND JUSTICE
PROMOTING SUSTAINABLE PRACTICES
EAT ITALY: THE HISTORY, CULTURE AND POLITICS OF ITALIAN FOOD
SOCIOLOGY OF FOOD, IDENTITY, AND INEQUALITY

Please note that no more than two courses from any department may count for the minor. Questions about the minor should be directed to Professor Maureen Sioh (Department of Geography).