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New Brunswick Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2024 School of Environmental and Biological Sciences Programs of Study Minors and Certificate Programs Minor in Sustainable Global Food Systems (18 credits)  

Minor in Sustainable Global Food Systems (18 credits)

Advisers: Xenia Morin; Foran Hall, Room 284 ( and Ethan Schoolman; Cook Office Bldg., Room 208 (

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The minor in sustainable global food systems (18 credits) is designed for students who wish to expand their understanding of issues and challenges facing food systems that bridge the boundaries of nations and continents. Through this minor program, students will explore how food systems on a global scale are shaped by social, cultural, historical, political, environmental, and economic factors; and how global food systems in turn affect the environment and society. This option should be particularly useful to students who may pursue careers in the international arena.

Interested students should select a sequence of courses, one from each of four subject areas (I, II, III, IV), that relate to a particular topic, such as agriculture, health, food, or environmental management. The program also requires education in non-U.S. cultures and/or foreign language training (V) and practical experience (VI). Suggested courses that offer an international focus are listed for each of the subject areas below. Other courses may be substituted, in consultation with the directors of the program.

The minor program is administered through the Environmental Policy, Institutions, and Behavior (EPIB) curriculum in the Department of Human Ecology. Interested students should consult with their advisers and either Ethan Schoolman (Cook Office Building, Rm. 208, 848-932-9232;, or Xenia Morin (IFNH, Ste. 220, 848-932-3502;


In fulfilling requirements for the minor, at least 3 credits must come from courses in the Department of Human Ecology, and at least 3 credits must come from courses in the Program in Agriculture and Food Systems.

I. Fundamentals of Sustainable Food Systems (3 credits)

Courses designed to give students a broad overview of the environmental, social, political, and economic characteristics of different ways of organizing how food is grown, processed, distributed, and consumed. Emphasis is placed in both these courses on models of sustainability. All students in the minor program must take at least one of the following two courses.

11:374:289  Sustainable Food: Politics, Policy, and Ethics (3; Human Ecology)
11:020:210  Introduction to Agriculture and Food Systems (3; Agriculture and Food Systems)

II. Geography and the Physical Environment (3 credits)

Courses relevant to understanding environmental systems and problems characteristic of a region, world area, or habitat outside of the United States.

11:374:108  Processes of Human Ecology (3; Human Ecology)
01:450:101  Earth Systems (3; Geography)
01:450:102  Transforming the Global Environment (3; Geography)
11:776:102  Soil and Society (3; Plant Biology)
11:020:492  Tropical Agricultural Systems (3; Agriculture and Food Systems)
11:020:337  Sustainability: Tackling Food Waste (3; Agriculture and Food Systems)

III. Cultural and Historical Considerations (3 credits)

Courses relevant to understanding cross-national comparative, historical, and/or sociocultural factors in examining issues related to the environment, food, health, population, and agriculture.

11:374:269  Population, Resources, and Environment (3; Human Ecology)
11:450:205  World Cultural Regions (3; Geography)
01:070:220  Food and Culture (3; Anthropology)
01:070:341  Language, Food, and Society (3; Anthropology)
11:709:363  World Food Customs and Nutrition (3; Nutrition)
11:709:364  Nutrition and Health in Developing Countries (3; Nutrition)

IV. Political Economy (3 credits)

Courses relevant to understanding international political and economic institutions, or to the comparative cross-national study of political and economic institutions outside the United States.

11:374:305  Globalization, Development, and Environment (3; Human Ecology)
11:374:279  Politics of Environmental Issues (3; Human Ecology)
11:374:314  Natural Resource Policy (3; Human Ecology)
11:373:371  Food Health and Safety Policy (3; Agriculture, Food, and Resource Economics)
11:776:478  China's Agricultural Challenges and Global Impacts (3; Plant Biology)
11:373:218  Sustainable Food Policy for Developing Countries (3; Agriculture, Food, and Resource Economics)

V. Foreign Cultures and Languages (3-8 credits)

Option 1. Completion of instruction, or evidence of its equivalent, in a modern, spoken language other than English for at least two semesters at the intermediate or advanced level. This may include enrollment in SEBS language engagement courses that are currently in development.

Option 2. Courses whose aim is to familiarize students with the history, culture, and politics of regions outside the United States. Some possible courses for completing this requirement are listed below. Students wishing to fulfill this requirement with a course not listed should speak directly to Professor Schoolman or Professor Morin.

01:595:297  Caribbean Societies (3; Latino and Caribbean Studies)
01:016:222  Modern Africa (3; African Studies)
01:508:335  Modern South Asia (3; South Asian Studies)
11:020:465  Special Problems in Environmental Sciences (3; Agriculture and Food Systems)

VI. Practical Experience or Study Abroad (3 credits)

This area comprises different ways of gaining insight into food systems outside of the normal classroom setting at Rutgers. Possible ways to fulfill this requirement include relevant research at home or abroad, overseas work, study and travel, employment, or a combination of these. Credits are gained through registration for curricular independent study, field study, research, and practicum courses or a SPIN (Student to Professional Internship Network) experience at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. Credits for this requirement must also be approved by either Professor Schoolman or Professor Morin, as the "practical experience" at hand must be substantially related to topics in global food systems.

11:374:490  Research and Practicum (credits by arrangement; Human Ecology)
11:374:492  Environmental Studies Internship (credits by arrangement; Human Ecology)
11:020:490  Practicum (credits by arrangement; Agriculture and Food Systems)
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