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Certificate in Food Studies (FOODSTACRT)Food Institute

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 requirements.


The aim of the Certificate in Food Studies is to lead students toward a more profound understanding of the important environmental, political, economic, and public health issues attached to food production, transportation, transformation, and consumption.

Certificate requirements

The certificate requires at least 21 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Introduction to Food Studies. One (1) course:
  2. Food Studies Courses.
    1. History, Art and Culture of Food. One (1) course:
      • (approved topic: "American Appetites")
      • (approved topic: "Food Culture & Taste of Italy")
      • (approved topics: "Global Appetites/Local Tastes"; "Food and Society"; "Foodstuff: Food and the Arts")
      • (approved topic: "Chocolate: Food of the Gods")
      • (approved topics: "Food for Thought"; "Food Policy and Poverty")
      • (approved topic: "Food Cultures of Greece")
      • (approved topic: "Food and Family in Italian American Culture")
      • (approved topic: "Food in History")
      • (approved topic: "Tasting Food in Japanese: Food, Language and Linguistics")
    2. Political Economy of Food. One (1) course:
      • (approved topic: "Exploring Sustainable Agriculture and Trade")
      • (approved topic: "People and Plants: Ethnobotany")
      • (approved topic: "Buffalo Nation")
      • (approved topic: "Foodstuff: Food and Culture")
      • (approved topic: "Crossing Animal Borders")
      • (approved topic: "Roots, Fruits, and Jamaican Ecologies")
      • (approved topic: "Food Security")
      • (approved topic: "Food Security: Global Perspectives")
      • (approved topic: "Food Security: Issues/Spanish")
      • (approved topic: "The Politics of What's for Dinner")
      • SPEA-E 400 Topics in Environmental Studies
    3. Science of Food. One (1) course:
      • (approved topics: "Biology of Food"; "Foodstuff: Food and Science")
      • (approved topic: "Food for Thought: The Cognitive Science of Eating")
      • SPEA-H 428 Food Science and Sanitation
      • SPH-N 220 Nutrition for Health
      • SPH-H 235 Obesity and Health
      • SPH-N 231 Human Nutrition
      • SPH-N 320 Food Chemistry
      • SPH-N 321 Quantity Food Purchasing/prod
      • SPH-N 325 Food Chemistry Laboratory
      • SPH-N 331 Life Cycle Nutrition
      • SPH-N 336 Public Health Nutrition
      • SPH-O 199
      • SPH-O 343 Fundamentals of Sustainable Agriculture
      • SPH-R 214
      • SPH-T 302 Management of Food & Beverage Operations
      • SPH-V 215 Food Safety and Sanitation
    4. Electives. Two (2) courses:
      • Additional course from the History, Art and Culture of Food list
      • Additional course from the Political Economy of Food list
      • Additional courses from the Science of Food list
    5. College Disciplines. At least nine (9) credit hours of Food Studies Courses must be earned through courses taken in College of Arts and Sciences disciplines.
  3. Internships.
    • Indoor. Focuses on food preparation, or other aspects of the food system. Likely venues include campus dining halls, local restaurants, and community kitchens.
    • Outdoor. Focuses on food cultivation, production, and distribution. Likely venues include the campus farm, community or school gardens and local farms. Summer internships completed away from Bloomington are also likely to be approved.
  4. Capstone. One (1) course:
  5. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. Certificate Residency. At least 9 credit hours in the certificate must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. Certificate Upper Division Courses. At least 9 credit hours in the certificate must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the certificate.
    4. Certificate GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the certificate—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.