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Requirements

Food Studies is an interdisciplinary area of study that integrates environmental, social, health and cultural issues stemming from food systems activities (food production, distribution, access, consumption, waste management) in a systems framework. The learning goals of the Middlebury Food Studies minor are 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.

The minor requires completion of 5 courses, distributed as indicated below, and an immersive learning experience.  Bold-faced courses are those typically offered every year.

1)  Two introductory courses, selected from the following (noting that some courses have prerequisites):

  • ENVS 0112 Natural Science & the Environment
  • FOOD 0280  Middlebury’s Foodprint:  Introduction to Food Systems Issues (formerly INTD 0280)
  • FOOD 0281 Food Power & Justice (formerly INTD 0281)
  • ANTH 0211 Environmental Anthropology
  • SOCI 0236 Sociology of Food (not taught at present, but still listed)
  • ANTH 0345 Anthropology of Food (NB: Although not an introductory course for an ANTH student, this course would introduce students to anthropological perspectives on Food Studies and typically has no prerequisites.)
  • GEOG 0208 Land & Livelihoods

2)  Two electives from one of the following areas, A or B (noting that some courses have prerequisites):

  1. A.      Social Sciences, Health and Humanities
  • ECON 0228 Economics of Agricultural Transitions
  • ENVS 0215 Contested Grounds
  • ENVS 0245 Human Environment: Middle East
  • ENVS 0385 Global Political Ecology
  • FREN 0346 “I eat, therefore I am”: Food and Culture in France
  • GSFS 0430 Queering Food
  • GEOG 0216 Rural Geography
  • HIST 0352 Food in the Middle East: History, Culture, and Identity
  • INTD 267 Global Health
  • FOOD 0380 Hunger, Food Security & Food Sovereignty (Anderson) (formerly INTD 0480)
  • CMLT/ITAL 0299 Literary Feasts: Representations of Food in Modern Narrative
  • ITAL 0356 A Culinary History of Italy
  • PGSE 0321 With Flavor: Food and Brazilian Culture

 B.      Natural Sciences and Geography

  • BIOL 140 Ecology and Evolution
  • BIOL 203 Biology of Plants
  • BIOL 323 Plant Community Ecology
  • BIOL 0392 Conservation Biology
  • CHEM 270 Environmental Chemistry
  • GEOG 0225 Environmental Change in Latin America
  • FOOD 0310 Agroecology (formerly INTD 0310
    GEOL 0255 Surface & Ground Water
    GEOL 0257 Soils, Geology & Environment

3)   One upper-level seminar or course (i.e., 300 or 400 level) focused on Food Studies, selected from the following (noting that some courses have prerequisites):

  • PSCI/INTD 0426 Health, Food, and Poverty: Critical Frameworks for Social Change.  (NB:  This course was developed by faculty from Global Health, Food Studies and Privilege & Poverty, with the plan to teach it at least every 2 years, as a capstone for students from our programs. It would be the preferred option for an upper-level seminar.)
  • FOOD 310 Agroecology (formerly INTD 0310)
  • FOOD 312 Food Policy (formerly INTD 0312)
  • FOOD 380 Hunger, Food Security & Food Sovereignty (Formerly INTD 0480)
  • ANTH/IGST 0460 Global Consumptions: Food, Eating, and Power in Comparative Perspective

 OR an Independent Study (500- or 700-level) on a topic selected by the student and supervised by a Food Studies affiliated faculty member, integrating issues relevant to Food Studies

4)  Immersive learning experience.  This may be an internship (through the FoodWorks Fellowship Program, one of the Food Tracks offered through Study Abroad, or independent), service-learning associated with a course, or an independent study connected with a community-based organization.  When declaring the minor, the student should explain the immersive learning experience s/he intends to do.

If courses allow students to do independent research, students are expected to use the opportunity to explore food or agricultural issues.  Students are strongly encouraged to take advantage of international study, and to take courses relevant to the Food Studies minor while abroad.  Note that Middlebury has Food Studies tracks in Italy, Spain and Chile.

Courses may be substituted for the introductory or elective courses with the approval of the program director.  Approval requires submission of a petition form found here.  Approval of a course for minor credit requires the student to show that they made connections between the course material and their study of Food Studies, for example by writing a final paper on a food systems or agricultural topic. Students must turn in this paper or other approved course material for review for credit.

To declare the minor, submit the following to the Program Director: (1) a minor declaration form (http://www.middlebury.edu/offices/academic/records/Forms/stuforms) and (2) a 200-500 word statement explaining how the classes you chose fit together and further your educational goals within Food Studies, and how your immersive learning experience contributes. To declare the minor, these materials must be submitted at least one week before the end of the add period of your seventh semester at Middlebury.