Undergraduate food study courses are offered at UNC within numerous departments such as Anthropology, American Studies, Biology, English and Comparative Literature, Exercise and Sports Science, Geography, the Honors Program, Nutrition, Public Policy and in our language departments.

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 students may major or minor in food studies at UNC.

Food Studies majors (BA or BS) are offered through our 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.   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. Learn more here: https://carolinaglobalfoodprogram.unc.edu/food-studies/.

UNC also offers a Food Studies Minor. Five courses are required for the minor, including the gateway course “Introduction to Food Studies” and four elective courses. In addition to courses at UNC-Chapel Hill, students may also enroll in classes offered by Duke and NC State. Learn more by visiting the course catalog: http://catalog.unc.edu/undergraduate/programs-study/food-studies-minor/.

Also available is a concentration in Food, Environment, and Sustainability via UNC’s Department of Anthropology.  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.

Food Studies at UNC is developing a partnership with the Center for Food & Sustainability Studies at the Umbra Institute in Perugia, Italy. While full partnership approval is pending (Fall 2019), UNC-CH students can petition for courses offered at the Umbra Institute to count towards the Food Studies Minor or interdisciplinary major outlined above, and can attend the program in the meantime. Contact Zachary Novak (znowak@umbra.org) or visit the website for more information.