2018-2019 Catalog 
    
    Sep 24, 2018  
2018-2019 Catalog

Food Studies Mentored Minor


The Food Studies mentored minor is overseen collaboratively by the OWU Department of Health & Human Kinetics and the Environment and Sustainability Program, and views food from a multidisciplinary perspective. We recognize the importance of food as biological fuel, as a natural resource with problems of abundance and scarcity, as a focus of celebration, as a human obsession, as a cultural expression, as a multi-billion dollar industry, and as an interaction with the global environment through agriculture and waste disposal. By studying food across a range of disciplines, students in this minor will improve their ability to investigate, debate, and solve some of the most important problems affecting the human condition in the 21st century, including food scarcity, malnutrition, obesity, preserving cultural heritage in a global society, and feeding people in a world of 7 billion and more.

Minor Requirements


To complete the mentored minor, a student must:

  1. Identify an OWU faculty member associated with the Food Studies minor to serve as their mentor.
  2. Create a proposal, in collaboration with their mentor, to the food studies faculty contacts, outlining courses and projects that fit with their specific interests in food.
  3. Complete 5.5 units of coursework, consisting of:
    • 3 units of courses selected from the list below, 1 unit from each of 3 different departments
    • 0.5 unit INT 300.6 – Interdisciplinary Food Seminar (after completion of at least 1 full unit food course)
    • 2 project-based units (Independent Study, Directed Readings, Internship)

Courses


The following are the courses that can be used for the 3 non-seminar and non-project courses required in the minor. As a reminder, students must take the 0.5 unit Interdisciplinary Food Seminar (INT 300.6 – Interdisciplinary Food Seminar) and select three other courses representing three different departments. They must complete at least 1 full unit of coursework from this list before enrolling in the Food Seminar. The Food Seminar will be offered in alternating years.

Mentors


A current list of mentors can be obtained from the faculty contacts for this minor, Dr. Laurie Anderson (Botany/Microbiology) and Dr. Christopher Fink (Health & Human Kinetics). Faculty mentors will oversee the development of proposals from students and may also serve as the faculty supervisors of independent studies, directed readings, or apprenticeships.

Food Studies Mentored Minor Faculty Contacts


Dr. Christopher Fink (Health & Human Kinetics) and Dr. Laurie Anderson (Botany/Microbiology)