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Hunger and Food Security Studies Minor

The Hunger and Food Security Studies Minor requires a minimum of 15 credits and focuses on the complexity of hunger and food insecurity as it pertains to nutrition, public health, climate and the environment, sustainability, mental/physical health, and more. This minor provides students with a broader understanding of the complexity of hunger and the various programs, policies, and environmental changes that can reduce this significant social issue. There are very few hunger and food security-related minors across the country. As a result, this is a unique opportunity for undergraduate students at USU.

This minor aligns with past USU President Stan Albrecht's commitment to food and nutrition security demonstrated when he signed the President's United to Solve Hunger initiative in 2015. Through this pledge he committed to pursue activities that prioritize food and nutrition on campus including research, teaching, outreach and student engagement. This minor also aligns with the USU Extension mission aimed to improve the lives of individuals, families, and communities throughout Utah. The education and training provided in this minor support several Extension programs and efforts including SNAP-Ed, EFNEP, and the Hunger Solutions Institute, all of which provide hands-on opportunities for students. Students from any undergraduate program can pursue this minor to gain a broader knowledge of this complex social issue.

The curriculum for this minor is strategically designed to give students a broader understanding of the issue of hunger and food security, expanding upon hunger-related content they may already learn about in their major field of study. All courses in the curriculum are included to provide students with knowledge and skills that are important when working with organizations involved in hunger-relief programming and policy making. Courses from several departments across campus are included in the curriculum. 


Hunger and Food Security Studies Minor Curriculum (15 credits)

Students will be required to take NDFS 5010 Hunger Issues and Solutions which has been developed to show the complexity of hunger and the importance of understanding the wide variety of fields that influence hunger and food security at a local and global level. Students will also need to take at least 3 credits from each of the following sections: Food, Nutrition, and Health; History, Sociology, and Anthropology; Resources, Climate, and Sustainability; and Geography and the Environment.


NDFS 5010 Hunger Issues and Solutions

Food, Nutrition, and Health

NDFS 3110 Food, Technology, and Health  

NDFS 4480 Community Nutrition

NDFS 5210 Advanced Public Health Nutrition

NDFS 5200 Nutritional Epidemiology

NDFS 5230 Communication of Current Topics in Nutrition

HEP Health and Wellness

History, Sociology, and Anthropology

HIST 3910 Health, Disease, and Medicine in North America

ANTH 4130 Medical Anthropology

HIST 3950 Environmental History

ANTH 2010 Peoples of the World

SOC 3520 Sociology of Mental Illness

SOC 3330 Medical Sociology

ANTH 4140 Anthropology of Global Health 

SOC 2650 Globalization 

ENGL 3630 Literature and Culture on the Farm 

Resources, Climate, and Sustainability

ENVS 4700 Communicating Sustainability

ENVS 2340 Natural Resources and Society

ENVS 3010 Fundamentals of Natural Resource and Environmental Policy

TEE 2200 Aquaponic Systems

Geography and the Environment

ASTE 2900 Food Matters: Ethics, Economics, and the Environment

ASTE 5260 Environmental Impacts of Agricultural Systems

GEOG 3100 Human-Environment Geography

ENVS 5000 Environmental Nonprofit and Volunteer Management

GEOG 1800 Introduction to GIS

ASTE 3100 Personal and Team Leadership


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For more information, please contact:

L Julander Headshot Launa Julander
Academic Advisor, NDFS


M Savoie Headshot Mateja R. Savoie Roskos, PhD, MPH, RD
Assistant Professor, NDFS