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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 [Archived Catalog]

Food and Society Certificate Program

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Certificate code CTFSCU

College of Arts and Sciences 
Sociology and Anthropology Department  
Bentley Annex 162
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.1350
Fax: 740.593.1365

Theresa Moran, contact person

Program Overview

Food, its production, consumption and meaning, is of deep social, political, cultural and economic consequence. Food is at the heart of debates about globalization, science, technology, and social progress. The Food and Society Certificate program allows students to think critically about an aspect of their lives simultaneously deeply personal, public, and political to which they can readily relate. The certificate seeks to promote an interdisciplinary understanding of how food is grown, treated, harvested, sold, purchased, consumed, shared, and disposed of and the impact it has on its suppliers, consumers, and environment, and how in short food affects us all. The certificate emphasizes both food culture and food systems.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

Students with a Certificate in Food and Society and an appropriate undergraduate degree can go on to do graduate work in the area of food studies. Possible employment opportunities with students whose interest are more in food culture would go on to find related jobs in the following areas: publishing, public relations, marketing, nonprofit work, and food operations. Students whose interests focus more on food systems would go on to find job opportunities in the following areas: local and national government, non-governmental organization work in advocacy and policy, development organizations, food production companies, and food distribution companies.


Certificate Hours Requirement

The Food and Society Certificate program requires a minimum of 20 hours. At least four courses must be at the 3000-level or above and no more than three courses at the 1000-level. Students who enroll in the certificate must meet with the director to plan their program of study.



Complete one of the following courses. Note: You may choose a second course from the Foundation options above (NUTR 1100 or PBIO 1030) to fulfill the ELECTIVES requirement.


Complete the following courses:

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