Students within the Food Studies Minor possess one thing in common—a passion and drive for exploring, evaluating, and examining the many complexities surrounding food and its production, preparation, sharing, consumption, and disposal.  The Minor’s diverse curriculum allows for students to understand issues surrounding food from an individual, socio-cultural, and global perspective.  Students in the minor come from many academic disciplines, including majors in:

  • Communication Studies
  • Physiological Sciences
  • English
  • Chicana/o Studies
  • Human Biology and Society
  • Sociology
  • Psychobiology
  • Environmental Science
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Dance
  • Geography/Environmental Studies
  • Psychology
  • Economics
  • Biology
  • Anthropology
  • Global Studies

Graduates are well-versed in the ever growing field of Food Studies and equipped with the critical thinking and problem-solving skills necessary to pursue careers in fields such as: the arts, education, government agencies, medicine, public health, law, medicine, non-profit and philanthropic organizations, urban planning, and public policy.


In Spring 2020, students enrolled in FOOD ST M176SL, Making Films About Food created short documentaries that focused on food and the  COVID-19 pandemic.  Working remotely in small groups, students created films on food insecurity and the food system.  The films also highlighted Los Angeles-based community organizations that are addressing the important food issues impacting society.   This course was cross-listed with Public Affairs and Community Engagement and Social Change.

The Story of Banana Bread

Food Paradox

Food Justice