Class in the Student Organic Garden. Photo by Jocelyn Hsu.

Food Systems Minor

The Food Systems minor, hosted by the Department of Environmental Science, Policy & Management (ESPM) at the College of Natural Resources (CNR), is an interdisciplinary program of study that explores the role of food within the environment and society.  Drawing from diverse fields as far ranging as ecology, sociology, the humanities, nutrition, history, and economics, the food systems minor critically examines issues of contemporary food and agriculture from a whole-systems perspective.

Students take 6 courses, of which only one can overlap with their major.  A required capstone course, “Experiential Learning Through Engagement in Food Systems” (ESPM 194C), during the junior or senior year allows students to bring together what they have learned in a real-world setting.

Students who complete the minor will gain a broad and interdisciplinary understanding of critical themes and concepts related to the social, political, economic, environmental, cultural, nutritional, and public health issues of contemporary food and agriculture systems both domestically and internationally.

Learn more about the minor.