Food Studies

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Q: What is Food Studies?

Food Studies is an interdisciplinary exploration of the various meanings of sustenance, in order to better understand why we truly are what we eat. Food is not only for physical survival, it expresses who we are, how we view our bodies, and how we understand our relationships with animals, plants, other people, and the earth. How do individuals and societies decide what is good to eat? What roles do agriculture, hunting, food preparation and consumption play in different cultures? What social, environmental and economic issues are involved in food production? Food involves daily choices that reflect our culture, economics, ethnicity, and politics. Click here for catalog description.

Q: What kinds of courses will I take in this pathway?

Courses like: The Anthropology of Food (ANTH 340); Confronting the Animal (PHIL/RELS 339); World Food and Hunger Issues (ABUS 390); Geology of Food and Health (GEOS 375); Food and Film (HUMN 281); Ecology of Human Nutrition (NFSC 310); and Food, Fiber, Drugs (BIOL 105). In these and other courses, you’ll learn from experts and scholars in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and natural sciences. Click here for a full listing.

Q: Why study food?

Food is all around us. It’s in the vending machines at the end of the hall. It’s in the supermarkets, orchards, farmlands and convenience stores surrounding our campus. It sometimes travels thousands of miles to reach your plate. It’s on TV and the Internet. Because food is so important to our lives, it’s no surprise that contemporary American society seems obsessed by it. By studying the many roles of food in our lives from a variety of perspectives, we can better understand ourselves and others, and how we shape the policies and practices of our society in a global context.

Q: Why get the minor in food studies?

It's an easy way to significantly enhance your diploma.  With only six courses in this Pathway you can complete your General Education in a way that adds value to your degree.  We also believe you will find the readings, lectures, films, discussions and projects in and around the Chico and campus communities to be enjoyable, not just food for thought.

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