Food Studies is a new initiative that integrates courses and cocurricular activities into a cohesive program of study. The curriculum addresses the interconnections of food issues with environmental, social, health and cultural issues in a systems framework.

With exposure to interdisciplinary resources across the breadth of liberal arts, students will learn to:

  • Understand the complex contemporary and historical factors that affect food supply and food security.
  • Consider food system options and compare their environmental, sociocultural, economic and health impacts.
  • Understand the practices and politics of food and eating in a range of historical and contemporary cultural settings and social settings, and analyze how eating connects to social and cultural identities.
  • Learn how food systems are linked to local, national and international politics and economies.
  • Think critically about food and agricultural challenges and recommendations for addressing them.
  • Learn how to use a political ecology frame that emphasizes who/what benefits where, and at what cost.
  • Develop ideas about how individuals can contribute to food system solutions and explore multiple pathways to transformation.