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Department of Anthropology

Minor in the Anthropology of Food

Students on Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019 requirements FOODMIN
The minor in the anthropology of food offers students the opportunity to explore the ways in which food relates to culture and society, economics, globalization, identity, health, and history. Anthropology faculty teach courses that specifically target food and food systems around the world using ethnographic, bioanthropological, archaeological, and linguistic methods and data. The department offers courses concerning the global trade in food products, famine, attitudes about eating and food preparation, ceremonial and symbolic aspects of food production and preparation, and perspectives on food and health in both modern and ancient human populations.


The minor requires at least 15 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.
  1. Anthropology Core. One (1) course:
    • ANTH-B 200 Bioanthropology
    • ANTH-E 200 Social and Cultural Anthropology
    • ANTH-L 200 Language and Culture
    • ANTH-P 200 Introduction to Archaeology
  2. Anthropology of Food. One (1) course:
    • ANTH-A 221 Anthropology of Food
    • Another food-related Anthropology course at the 200 level or above
  3. Advanced Anthropology of Food Electives. Three (3) courses and nine (9) credit hours:
    • ANTH-B 400 Undergraduate Seminar
    • ANTH-E 300 Culture Areas and Ethnic Groups
    • ANTH-E 302 Ethnographic Methods
    • ANTH-E 337 Food, Sex and Gender
    • ANTH-E 366 Commodities and Culture
    • ANTH-E 400 Undergraduate Seminar
    • ANTH-E 426 Coffee Culture, Production, and Markets
    • ANTH-E 434 Food Communication and Performance
    • ANTH-E 485 Art and Craft of Ethnography
    • ANTH-L 400 Topical Seminar in the Ethnography of Communication
    • ANTH-P 375 Food in the Ancient World
    • ANTH-P 380 Prehistoric Diet and Nutrition
    • ANTH-P 399 Undergraduate Seminar (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
    • ANTH-P 425 Faunal Osteology
    • ANTH-P 426 Problems in Zooarchaeology
    • Up to 3 total credit hours of the following:
      • ANTH-X 476 Museum Practicum
      • ANTH-X 477 Fieldwork in Anthropology
      • ANTH-X 478 Practicum in Anthropology
      • ANTH-X 479 Fieldwork in Bioanthropology
      • ANTH-X 490 Individual Readings in Anthropology
  4. Minor GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the minor.
    4. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the minor—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    5. Exceptions to minor requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.