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Undergraduate Certificate in Food in Culture and Social Justice

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.

Consider joining our Binational Learning Community to learn about food issues in Ecuador and Oregon!

Program Brochure

Certificate Course Offerings for Winter 2014


Certificate Requirements

To learn more about the requirements, visit the course catalog.

Core Curriculum (16 credits)

  • Anthropology 361 Food in a Social Justice Perspective (4)
  • Ethnic Studies 499/599 Food and Ethnic Identity (3)
  • History 416 Food in World History (4)
  • Agriculture 499 Food Systems: Global, Regional, Local (3)
  • Food Projects (1)
  • Capstone Portfolio (1)

Choose 12 Elective Credits

  • ANTH 439/ANTH 539. Archaeological Study of Foraging Lifeways (3)
  • ANTH 444/ANTH 544. Nutritional Anthropology (4)
  • ANTH 471/ANTH 571. Cash, Class, and Culture: Hunter-Gatherers to Capitalism (4)
  • ANTH 482/ANTH 582. *Anthropology of International Development (4)
  • ES 448/ES 548. Native American Philosophies (3)
  • GEO 499/599. Geography of Food and Agriculture (3)
  • PHL 440/PHL 540. Environmental Ethics (3)
  • PSY 499/PSY 599. Women, Weight, and Body Image (3)
  • SOC 426/SOC 526. *Social Inequality (4)
  • WS 466/WS 566. Fat Studies (3) [Via Ecampus only.]
  • WR 383. Food Writing (4)

 Baccalaureate Core Courses - May count towards Certificate and Bac Core

Cultural Diversity (3)

  • NUTR 216. *Food in Non-Western Culture (3)

Physical Science (with Lab) (4 or 8)

  • CSS/SOIL 205. *Soil Science (4)

Western Culture (3)

  • CSS/CROP 340. *Pens and Plows: Writings of Working the Land (3) [CROP 340 via Ecampus only.]
  • FST 260. *Food Science and Technology in Western Culture (3)
  • FST 273. *Wine in the Western World (3)

Difference, Power, and Discrimination Courses (3)

  • AG 301. *Ecosystem Science of Pacific NW Indians (3)
  • CSS 381. *Agriculture, Power, Discrimination, and Survival (3) [CSS courses are at EOU LaGrande only.]

Contemporary Global Issues (3)

  • AREC 461.*^Agricultural and Food Policy Issues (4)
  • CSS/CROP 330. *World Food Crops (3)
  • GEO 300. *Sustainability for the Common Good (3)
  • NR 350. *Sustainable Communities (4)

Science, Technology, and Society (3)

  • ANS 315. *Contentious Social Issues in Animal Agriculture (3)
  • BI 435. *Genes and Chemicals in Agriculture: Value and Risk (3)
  • FST 421. *Food Law (3)

More Courses are Available. Check the Course Catalog!