MINOR REQUIREMENTS

The curriculum includes:

One of the following lower division Portal courses (5-6 units)

  • Environment 25: Good Food for Everyone: Health, Sustainability and Culture
  • GE Cluster M1CW: Food: A Lens for Environment and Sustainability

One of the following lower division elective courses (5 units)

  • Community Health Science 48: Introduction to Nutrition
  • Food Studies 27: Critical Thinking about Food and Science Publications
  • Food Studies M79: Food Politics: Cultural Solutions to Political Problems
  • Italian 42C: Italy Through the Ages: Food and Literature
  • Physiological Science 7: Science and Food: The Physical and Molecular Origins of the Food We Eat

Four Upper division electives (16 units)
Review the list of courses .

One Capstone Course (4 units)*

  • Food Studies 195CE: Internship
  • Food Studies 199: Directed Research

*The Capstone course is to be taken after all other courses have been completed, or concurrently with one remaining course.

Additional Information

  • Courses in the minor  must be taken for a letter grade, and a student must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or higher.
  • To remain eligible for the minor, a student must earn a minimum grade of a C in the lower division Portal course.
  • A minimum of 20 units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied toward major requirements or another minor.
  • No more than two lower-division courses may be counted towards the minor.
  • Students may petition to have courses other than those listed in the Required Elective Courses be counted for the minor. Contact the Academic Counselor for Food Studies for information on how to petition.

Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.

CAPSTONE REQUIREMENT

The Capstone requirement provides students in the Food Studies minor the opportunity to either put their studies into practice through internship, or complete independent research in a food related area of interest. The Capstone course is required for completion of the minor—it must be the last course undertaken after all other courses have been completed, or concurrently with one remaining course requirement.

The Capstone requirement can be satisfied by completing one of the following:

As an additional resource, students are encouraged to carefully review the 195CE/199 corresponding Capstone Information Guide, which can be found within the supplemental resources on this page.

FOOD ST 195CE: INTERNSHIP IN FOOD STUDIES

Food Studies 195CE is an opportunity to apply critical thinking and research skills obtained through the student’s University education to an internship experience.

As an additional resource, students are encouraged to carefully review the Capstone Information Guide  for the course.

Internship Requirements

  • Enrollment in a 4-unit FOOD ST 195CE internship course
  • Course can be taken for letter-grade only
  • Internship must consist of 8-10 hours per week amounting to a total of 80-100 hours for the quarter.
  • Challenging, college-level work (i.e. not filing, coffee runs, scheduling appointments, shadowing without interaction, etc.)
  • Professional work environment
  • Supervised off-campus location (UCLA-affiliated centers are RARELY approved, and internship work must involve interaction with community stakeholders, not peers)
  • Connection to your major/interests

 195CE Course Requirements

Types of internships

  1. Direct service internships offer a hands-on opportunity to work with food related organizations. Some sample internship sites include, Seeds of Hope, Food Forward and the Social Justice Learning Institute.
  2. Policy internships are generally affiliated with government agencies—an example internship site includes the Los Angeles Food Policy Council. Students can also complete food policy related internships through:

How to enroll in a FOOD ST 195CE Internship course

  1. Research potential internships.
  2. Contact potential internship sites and apply, interview, etc.
  3. Secure an internship by being offered a position that will allow you to work 8-10 hours per week for a minimum total of 80 hours during an academic quarter.
  4. Schedule an intake appointment by calling or emailing the Center for Community Learning during Weeks 8-10 of the quarter preceding your internship or Weeks 0-2 of the quarter when you want to enroll.
    • To schedule an appointment with call the FOOD ST 195CE Coordinator at (310) 825-7867 or request a meeting via email.
  5. Create a contract course for FOOD ST 195CE via MyUCLA by going to the “Classes” tab and selecting “Contract Courses.”
    • Submit your signed FOOD ST 195CE contract to the Coordinator by Friday of Week 2 (Friday of Week 3 with fee). All contracts must be signed by your internship supervisor prior to being submitted to the Coordinator.
    • If needed, be sure to petition your academic counseling unit to exceed your study list units for the quarter.
  6. Verify enrollment in the course by reviewing your study list by the end of Week 2 (or Week 3 if you turn in paperwork late).

FOOD ST 199: DIRECTED RESEARCH OR SPECIAL PROJECT IN FOOD STUDIES

Under the guidance of a faculty mentor, this independent research course gives students the opportunity to conduct independent research or create a special project related to food studies.

As an additional resource, students are encouraged to carefully review the Capstone Information Guide  for the course.

How to enroll in a FOOD ST 199 course

  1. Identify your faculty mentor before the quarter you want to start your independent research
  2. Create a FOOD ST 199 contract course under your faculty mentor via MyUCLA by going to the “Classes” tab and selecting “Contract Courses.”
  3. Meet with your faculty mentor to review the contract and have it signed.
  4. If needed, be sure to petition your academic counseling unit to exceed your study list units for the quarter.
  5. Verify enrollment in the course by reviewing your study list by the end of Week 2 (or Week 3 if you turn in paperwork late).

Please note that if you wish to complete FOOD ST 199 as your Capstone requirement, it must be the last course taken after all other courses have been completed, or concurrently with one remaining minor course requirement.