Program type:


On Campus
Est. time to complete:

1-2 semesters
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Bon appétit! Bolster your credentials and gain new perspectives on food practices and global food systems.
The Food Studies certificate is an undergraduate academic program designed to help students acquire both broad and specific skills and training in the interdisciplinary field of Food Studies. Students can customize their certificate to best suit their individual career and intellectual goals.

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Why Earn a Food Studies Certificate?

We invite students to look at food from new perspectives. By blending the perspectives of the humanities and the sciences, students learn about the historical and cultural underpinnings of contemporary food practices while developing creative research-based solutions to current problems within our global food systems.

An undergraduate certificate in food studies can complement degrees in:

  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Anthropology
  • Communications
  • Natural and Environmental Sciences
  • Hospitality Management
  • Consumer Sciences
  • Business and Administration
  • And more!

Food Studies Certificate Highlights

This certificate benefits students interested in pursuing careers in fields such as education, food science, food writing, hospitality and tourism, health services, conservation and environmental stewardship, museum studies, agriculture and many other areas.
UNT is equipped to host a variety of food studies learning experiences. Partnerships from across the university make it possible for students to learn in professional-grade kitchens and greenhouses as well as the classroom.
UNT's surrounding communities offer opportunities to engage in exciting learning experiences. Denton is home to many restaurants, community markets, community gardens and people who love to talk about food.
Because Denton holds a prominent location within the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, students have access to a variety of fields to learn about food, culture and society.
Our interdisciplinary approach provides students with a wide set of tools to critically study the role of food in everyday life and communicate their research to multiple audiences.
Our unique interdisciplinary curriculum focuses on training and inspiring the next generation of food entrepreneurs, food scientists and food activists.

Food Studies Certificate Courses You Could Take

Philosophy of Food (3 hrs)
Examination of the philosophical dimensions of food, agriculture, animals, eating and taste to explore the nature and meaning of food, how we experience it, the social role it plays, its moral and political dimensions, and how we judge it to be delicious or awful.
Principles of Nutrition (3 hrs)
Introduction to human nutrition in health from an examination of nutrients and body function to food choice and healthful eating behaviors. Energy needs are calculated, nutrient information is analyzed, and national food and nutrition reports are reviewed. The connection between nutrition and risk of chronic disease is described with nutrition practices that promote health emphasized. The food environment is examined from the perspective of making informed food choices in a complex marketplace.
Global Kitchen: A Culinary Journey (3 hrs)
Explore the cultural impact of geography, migration, war and crop movement on ingredient selection and cooking techniques. Prepare, taste and evaluate traditional, regional dishes of the Americas, Asia, Europe, Africa and the Mediterranean. Topics include similarities between food production systems used in the United States and those used in other regions of the world.
United States Food History (3 hrs)
Examines the history of American food and its relationship to identity in terms of nationality, race, gender, religion, politics and other categories. Emphasis on the meanings Americans have assigned to food and eating over time.

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