UNC students may major/minor in food studies (a BA or BS) through the Interdisciplinary Studies Department.  Students work with a faculty sponsor to write a proposal for their plan of study.  Eight courses are required for the major, including the gateway course “Introduction to Food Studies,” a team-taught course featuring faculty from across the university launching in fall 2016.  Undergraduate food study courses are offered at UNC within numerous departments such as Anthropology, American Studies, English/CompLit, Geography, the Honors Program, Nutrition, Law, and Public Policy.  Undergraduate students interested in becoming a food studies major should contact Interdisciplinary Studies with a preliminary proposal for their plan of study. Upon approval, each student will select a faculty sponsor with whom they will work while completing requirements for their food studies degree.  While not required, a senior thesis is strongly encouraged.

Graduate students at UNC are working on exciting food-related research across campus, including programs such as the Folklore MA and doctoral work in Southern Studies and American Indian Studies in the Department of American Studies, and UNC’s Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in the Gillings School of Public Health.

UNC’s Department of Anthropology has a new concentration in Food, Environment, and Sustainability beginning 2016.  The concentration encompasses undergraduate courses and public programming that focus on the past, find lessons in the present, and look to the future to fully understand the human experience to eat, adapt, and evolve in a constantly changing world.


American Studies professors Marcie Cohen Ferris and Bernie Herman (pictured with Bill Smith of Crook’s Corner).

For more information on Food Studies courses offered at UNC-Chapel Hill, please visit the the course catalog website for the Food Studies Minor.  In addition to courses at UNC-Chapel Hill, students may also enroll in classes offered by Duke and NC State.