The Thematic Minor in Food

This minor explores the social, political, ethical, religious, and cultural dimensions of food in a world of hunger and concern about sustainability. This cluster coincides with a collegewide thematic focus on food in 2010–2011.



  • A minimum of 16 academic credits


  • The Gateway Course: Religion 260, Cooking Your Life: Food, Eating, and the Sacred
  • Three additional 4-credit courses, chosen in consultation with the thematic minor director or chair of the minor, from the following faculty-approved list for the minor. The choices must span at least two disciplines or programs and must include at least one course at the 300 level.
    • College 115-01, Global Challenges: Development
    • Economics 213, Economic Development: A Survey
    • Economics 218, International Economics
    • Economics 307, Seminar in Industrial Organization
    • ES321, Sustainable Agriculture and Agroecosystems
    • Gender Studies 333/Anthropology 316, Gender, Food, and Agriculture
    • History 214, History of Global Inequality
    • History 296, African Women: Food and Power
    • History 389, Agrarian America: Sugar, Coffee, Cotton, and Wheat
    • History 294, Comparative Culinary History: China and Italy


  • Independent study (295 or 395) with any faculty of the committee may be included.
  • After consultation with the chair, students choose a minor advisor from the committee.
  • Other courses at Mount Holyoke College or the Five Colleges may be included with permission of the student’s advisor. However, no more than one course toward the minor may be taken at other schools in the Five Colleges.