The University of Oregon Food Studies Program developed out of a growing recognition that an integrated perspective on food matters is vital to developing fuller understandings of complex food-related issues. Food Studies brings the power of an interdisciplinary approach to widely varied food themes and topics. Such an approach is more than the sum of its disciplinary parts; it provides new insights into the ways in which food mediates social, political, environmental, cultural, and economic processes.
Food Studies offers both an undergraduate Minor in Food Studies as well as a Graduate Specialization in Food Studies. We host an ongoing “Food Talks” colloquium series, bringing together campus, community, and national perspectives on a diverse array of topics. Food Studies also serves as a convener for efforts, such as the Student Food Security Working Group and the Schools & Food Symposium, that seek to improve the health of our campus and broader community food system.