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:

  • ENVS 0112 Natural Sciences & the Environment
  • GEOG 0208 Land and Livelihoods
  • INTD 0280 Middlebury’s Foodprint: An Introduction to Food Systems
  • INTD 0281 Food Power, and Justice
  • SOAN 0236 Environmental Anthropology

Three electives selected from:

  • BIO 140 Ecology and Evolution
  • CMLT/ITAL 0299 Literary Feasts: Representations of Food in Modern Narrative
  • ENVS 215 Contested Grounds
  • ENVS 385 Global Political Ecology
  • GEOL 257A Soils, Geology, and Environment
  • HIST 0352 Food in the Middle East: History, Culture, and Identity
  • INTD 380 Hunger, Food Security, and Food Sovereignty
  • INTD 310 Agroecology
  • ITAL 356 A Culinary History of Italy (in Italian)
  • INTD 267 Global Health
  • DANC 277A Body and Earth
  • Or other courses included in the Food Studies Complete Course Listing

One (or more) experiential component, such as:

  • Internship in connection with a 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

  • INTD 0426 Health, Food & Poverty: Critical Frameworks for Social Change
  • Independent Study on a topic selected by the student and 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 the Student Handbook.