Majors, minors + certificates

Minor in the Anthropology of Food (FOODMIN)Department of Anthropology

Students on Summer 2018, Fall 2018, or Spring 2019 requirements.


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.

Minor requirements

The minor requires at least 15 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Anthropology Core. One (1) course:
  2. Anthropology of Food. One (1) course:
    • 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:
    • (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
    • Up to 5 total credit hours of the following:
  4. GPA and Hours 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.