Food in Culture and Social Justice Certificate (CERT)

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 contextualize 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.

Complete 16 credits of core classes and then choose 6 credits of electives within the College of Liberal Arts and 6 credits of electives from outside the College of Liberal Arts.

Core (16)

AGRI 411. *Introduction to Food Systems: Local to Global (3)
FCSJ/ANTH 361. *Food Justice (4)
FCSJ 406. Food Projects (1)
FCSJ/ES 464. Food and Ethnic Identity: Decolonizing Food and Our Body (3)
FCSJ 467. Capstone: Food in Culture and Social Justice (1)
HST 416. *Food in World History (4)

Liberal Arts Electives (6)

Check the catalog for prerequisites.

Choose from the following:
ANTH 439. Archaeological Study of Foragers (4)
ANTH 471. Cash, Class and Culture: Hunter-Gatherers to Capitalism (4)
ANTH 482. *Anthropology of International Development (4)
ES/PHL/REL 448. Native American Philosophies (4)
FCSJ/ANTH 261. *Food in American Culture (3)
FCSJ 422. Intercultural Learning Community (3–6)
FCSJ/ANTH 444. Nutritional Anthropology (4)
FCSJ 454. *International Perspectives on Food Systems (4) [Ecampus only]
FCSJ/ANTH 486. Anthropology of Food (4)
PHL 440. *Environmental Ethics (3)
PS 470. Global Food Politics and Policy (4) [Ecampus only]
SOC 426. *Social Inequality (4)
WGSS/PSY 465. Women, Weight, and Body Image (3)
WGSS/PSY 466. Fat Studies (3) [Ecampus only]
WR 383. Food Writing (4)

Appropriate courses through the College of Liberal Arts, as well as transfer credits, may also be used to satisfy requirements when approved in advance by the program coordinator.

Electives from Outside the College of Liberal Arts (6) 

Check the catalog for prerequisites.

AG 301. *Ecosystem Science of Pacific NW Indians (3)
AEC 461. ^Agricultural and Food Policy Issues (4)
ANS 251. Principles of Animal Foods Technology (3)
ANS 315. *Contentious Social Issues in Animal Agriculture (3)
CROP 200. Crop Ecology and Morphology (3)
CROP 330. *World Food Crops (3)
CROP 340. *Pens and Plows: Writings of Working the Land (3) [Ecampus only]
CSS 205. *Soil Science (4)
FES/TOX 435. *Genes and Chemicals in Agriculture: Value and Risk (3)
FST 210. Fruit and Vegetable Processing (3)
FST 212. Dairy Processing (2)
FST 260. *Food Science and Technology in Western Culture (3)
FST 273. *Wine in the Western World (3)
FST 360. Food Safety and Sanitation (3)
FST 421. *Food Law (3)
GEOG 300. *Sustainability for the Common Good (3)
H 477. Dietary Interventions for Public Health (3)
HDFS 447. *Families and Poverty (4)
HORT 112. Introduction to Horticultural Systems, Practices and Careers (2)
HORT 260. Organic Farming and Gardening (3)
HORT/CROP 300. Crop Production in Pacific Northwest Agroecosystems (4)
HORT 452. Berry and Grape Physiology and Culture (4)
NUTR 216. *Food in Non-Western Culture (3)
NUTR 416. ^Cultural Aspects of Foods (3)
NUTR 417. Human Nutrition Science (4)
NURT 423. Community Nutrition (4)
NUTR 446. Managing Food and Nutrition Services (4)
SUS 350. *Sustainable Communities (4)
TOX 429. Toxic Substances in Food (3)

Appropriate courses outside of the College of Liberal Arts, as well as transfer credits, may also be used to satisfy requirements when approved in advance by the program Coordinator.



* Baccalaureate Core Course (BCC)
^ Writing Intensive Course (WIC)


Major Code: C315