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Requirements for the
Food Studies Certificate

The Certificate in Food Studies is designed for majors in any field who wish to gain an interdisciplinary knowledge of the social, cultural, anthropological, historical, and philosophical study of the production, consumption, and representations of food. Food Studies is a growing field that offers students the opportunity to be genuinely interdisciplinary in their methodological approach, while studying a subject that is of tremendous social, personal, ethical, environmental and global significance. The certificate requires a total of 12 credit hours and will be effective as of fall 2012.

Required Courses:

(1) Core Course (3 credits):

HUM 2939 Food, Culture & Society

(2) Group I – Cultural Contexts and Identities:

Students will take 3-4 credits chosen from the following list:

HUM 4930 Food in Film
ITT 4531/FOL 4101 Italian Food in Film
HUM 4930 Food in Western Culture
HUM 4930 Food in Theory
* HFT 4930 Traditions of Italian Food I
* HFT 4930 Food, Culture & Society in Italy
* HFT 4930 Florence Food Culture Experience

(3) Group II – Global Ecology and Sustainability:

Students will take 3-4 credits chosen from the following list:

AMS 4804 Ethics of Food Production ANT 4403 Environmental Anthropology
REL 4188 Religion and Ecology
REL 4936 Religion and Food
SYA 4930 Sustainable Consumption

(4) Group III – Health, Diet & Cuisine:

Students will take 3-4 credits chosen from the following list:

WST 4930 Food and Gender
ANT 4930 Ancient Diets
ANT 4930 Nutritional Anthropology
BSC 4933 Essentials of Human Nutrition

* These classes are Summer Abroad.

Students must declare their intention to be awarded the Certificate by notifying the Undergraduate Advisor at least one full semester prior to graduation. A cumulative GPA of 2.5 in the Certificate course work is required. Courses must be taken on a letter-grade basis.

Complete this application for the certificate and return it to Cooper 361

For more information contact Christie Rinck, Undergraduate Advisor for Humanities & Cultural Studies, at

Department Guide for the Food Studies Certificate