Food is more than simple nourishment. It is part of a system of communication firmly rooted in individual and group identities within cultures around the world. When and how we eat, what is considered acceptable to eat, how we prepare it, and how we learn about producing and eating food are all fascinating questions to explore by humanists and social scientists. Histories of particular food commodities and changes in the way people think about sustaining healthy bodies richly contextualizes our present practices. Cultural analyses of food and food production lead us to question the level of social justice within the local and global food systems. Community food security is a condition in which all community residents obtain a safe, culturally acceptable, nutritionally adequate diet through a sustainable food system that maximizes community self-reliance and social justice. Students who complete this certificate will not only have a clear idea of the cultural bases of food and food production, but will obtain some experience working towards community food security. 

Program Brochure

 

Core Curriculum (16 Credits):

  • ANTH/FCSJ 361 *Food Justice (4)
  • ES/FCSJ 464 Food and Ethnic Identity: Decolonizing our Food Body (3)
  • HST 416 *Food in World History (4)
  • AGRI 411 *Introduction to Food Systems: Local to Global (3)
  • FCSJ 406 Food Projects (1)
  • FCSJ 467 Capstone Portfolio (1)

 

Choose 12 Elective Credits (6 from Liberal Arts, 6 from outside of Liberal Arts) from courses such as:

  • AEC 461.*Agricultural and Food Policy Issues (4)
  • AG 301 *Ecosystem Science of Pacific NW Indians (3)
  • ANS 315 *Contentious Social Issues in Animal Agriculture (3)
  • ANTH/FCSJ 261 *Food in American Culture (3)
  • ANTH 439 Archaeological Study of Foraging Lifeways (3)
  • ANTH/FCSJ 444 Nutritional Anthropology (4)
  • ANTH 471 Cash, Class, and Culture: Hunter-Gatherers to Capitalism (4)
  • ANTH 482 *Anthropology of International Development (4)
  • ANTH/FCSJ 486 Anthropology of Food (4)
  • BI 435 *Genes and Chemicals in Agriculture: Value and Risk (3)
  • CROP 330 *World Food Crops (3)
  • CROP 340 *Pens and Plows: Writings of Working the Land (3) [CROP 340 via Ecampus only.]
  • ES 448 Native American Philosophies (3)
  • FST 260 *Food Science and Technology in Western Culture (3)
  • FST 273 *Wine in the Western World (3)
  • FST 421 *Food Law (3)
  • GEOG 300 *Sustainability for the Common Good (3)
  • GEOG 432 *Geography of Food and Agriculture (3)
  • NUTR 216 *Food in Non-Western Culture (3)
  • PHL 440 Environmental Ethics (3)
  • PSY 499 Women, Weight, and Body Image (3)
  • SOC 426 *Social Inequality (4)
  • SOIL 205 *Soil Science (4)
  • SUS 350 *Sustainable Communities (4)
  • WS 466 Fat Studies (3)
  • WR 383 Food Writing (4)

 

* = Baccalaureate Core Courses - May count towards Certificate and Bacc Core