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Food Studies

Minor in Food Studies
Dig in to an emerging and exciting field of study

Hofstra Universityoffers an interdisciplinary minor in Food Studies. This emerging and exciting field is directly applicable to many academic and professional endeavors and occupations.

Hofstra's minor in Food Studies is unique to Long Island and one of few in the New York metropolitan area. Food Studies is about more than food. It is about culture, human rights, race and class. It is about business, labor and international relations. Food Studies is also about science, sustainability, and health - what is good for the environment and for our bodies.

Food plays an integral role our daily lives, from the nutrition and calories that sustain us, to the representations and cultures of food. Food is intertwined in our past and present societies. Students will study foodways across cultures and historically; representations of food; culinary traditions; as well as current controversies and food-based social movements.

A minor in Food Studies would complement majors in anthropology, biology, business, communications, community health, economics, English, environmental resources, global studies, Italian Studies, journalism, Latin America and Caribbean Studies, philosophy, sociology, and sustainability, among other areas of study.

Food Studies courses raise a range of questions, such as:

  • What are the ethics of food production and eating?
  • What are the causes and responses to obesity, hunger, and food insecurity?
  • How do different food production systems impact the environment?
  • What is the relationship between food and inequality?
  • How do different cultural eating practices influence nutrition and diet? How does government policy shape food practices?
  • How can food open a window to large-scale historical and geographical processes, such as globalization?
  • What can iconic representations of food in writing and film teach us about colonialism, race and gender?
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Minor in Food Studies