Food Studies explores how and why food is never just food. Food embodies histories, cultures, landscapes, and literatures. Cooked food made the evolution of the human cranium possible, including the mouth's capacity both for ingestion and expression. From food films, field trials, and the foodoir to food sovereignty, culturally relevant food, and culinary tourism, food is a medium for both eating and thinking.
Racial indigestion? Regenerative agriculture for craft baking and brewing? Radical home economics? Who cooks for whom? Who eats what and how do/don't we eat the same? Who really grows our food?
Food Studies explores how food engenders power and vice-versa. From the politics of hunger to hunger as big business, from diaspora to ethnic cuisine, from breast milk to soy milk, Food Studies both celebrates and investigates what we hunger for and why.
Food Studies reflects eating identities formed through tasting experiences that link sustenance and community through aesthetic and gastronomic pleasures. What flavors the terroir of our campus organic farm tomatoes or the meroir of our geoduck beach oysters? What values shape the menu of our student-run cooperative café?
Internships, travel abroad, field studies, community practices, and research projects will enliven connections between what we eat and who we are.
How to Choose Your Path
You’ll choose what you study to earn a Bachelor’s degree that’s meaningful to you. Some students decide their programs as they go, while others chart their course in advance.
Aim for both breadth and depth; explore fields that may be related or that may seem very distant. You'll be surprised at what you discover.
If you're new to college, look for programs where you can gain a foundation, build key skills, and broaden your knowledge (FR only, FR-SO, or FR-SR).
If you already have a foundation in this field, look for programs with intermediate or advanced material (SO-SR, JR-SR, or FR-SR). These programs may include community-based learning and in-depth research. Some of these programs have specific prerequisites; check the description for details.
Talk to an academic advisor to get help figuring out what coursework is best for you.