Courses

A range of fall and spring semester courses about food and agriculture are open to any student who meets the prerequisites. In addition, Winter Term attracts visiting faculty for intensive courses, several of which are related to food and agriculture. Recent Winter Term classes include Seed Matters: Exploring the Human Relationship to Agricultural Seed; Clay Soils of Champlain Valley; and Changing Our Impact on the Ocean: An Interactive Deep Dive.

For students interested in a taking a coherent set of courses in Food Studies, we recommend the following:

  • two core courses
  • three electives in different disciplines
  • an experiential component
  • a supervised integrative capstone project

Sample Course of Study

Two core courses selected from:

  • INTD 280 Middlebury’s Foodprint: An Introduction to Food Systems (or SUMR 1002 Exploring Food Systems, offered in the summer in conjunction with FoodWorks fellowships)
  • SOAN 460A Global Consumptions: Food, Eating, and Power in Comparative Perspectives
  • NTD 281 Food, Power, and Justice

Three electives selected from:

  • CMLT/ITAL 0299 Literary Feasts: Representations of Food in Modern Narrative
  • ENVS 209A Gender, Health, and Environment
  • ENVS 385 Global Political Ecology
  • GEOL 257A Soils, Geology, and Environment
  • GEOG 200 Food Geographies
  • HIST 0352 Food in the Middle East: History, Culture, and Identity
  • INTD 480 Hunger, Food Security, and Food Sovereignty
  • INTD 310 Agroecology
  • ITAL 356 A Culinary History of Italy (in Italian)
  • SOAN 267 Global Health
  • SOAN 0236 Sociology of Food and Agricultural Systems
  • DANC 277A Body and Earth
  • INTD 1179 Food Loss in Vermont

One (or more) experiential component, such as:

  • Study Abroad semester in Madrid, Spain; Florence, Italy; or Valparaiso, Chile (these programs have food studies tracks with courses in the native language at the host universities)
  • Participation in the FoodWorks Fellowship program
  • An internship with one of the many farms or innovative food businesses in Vermont, other states, or internationally
  • A course that incorporates service-learning with community organizations

Integrative capstone project

  • On a topic selected by the student
  • Supervised by one of the Food Studies affiliated faculty

Students can also propose an Independent Scholar option in Food Studies. Information about this is in Section H on this page.