Gain an understanding of food’s place at the intersection of culture, history and society

Open to:

  • any current Ohio State undergraduate student

In association with several departments in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Anthropology’s Food, Culture and Society certificate offers students an opportunity to explore the ways that food shapes our interactions with one another, within and across cultures, throughout history and into the present. By focusing on the cultural significance, history and social meanings of food, this certificate allows students to develop a dynamic framework for understanding the place of food in societies from a variety of perspectives.

Course Requirements

To complete the 12-credit hour certificate, students must complete four of the following courses:

HISTORY 2702: Food in World History
This course provides a survey of the history of food, drink, diet and nutrition in a global context. (GE: Historical Study; Diversity: Global Studies)

COMPSTD 2420: American Food Cultures
By exploring the historical perspective on the development of the American food system, students will explore associated discourses and cultures, leading to exploration of contemporary concerns about industrial food, the American diet, and the politics surrounding these issues. (GE: Culture and Ideas; Social Diversity in the U.S.)

WGSST 3101: Food and Gender
If you are what you eat, then food is a means for understanding gender, sexuality, culture, society, race, and socioeconomic class. Employing a feminist framework for thinking through food, we explore such topics as vegetarianism, diets, pleasure, farming, hunger, fat studies, boycotts, eating disorders, waste and culinary heritage.

SOCIOL 4463: Food and Inequality in the United States
By analyzing how social stratification affects individual's access to food, as well as the meanings people attach to it, this course takes students through an examination of the topic of social inequality through the lens of food.

ANTHROP 5624: The Anthropology of Food: Culture, Society and Eating
Employing an anthropological lens, students will explore food traditions, global expansion of foods and the production/exchange of food in culture and society.

How to Apply

For any questions or information about how to apply, please contact the FCS-CRT Advisor Jeffrey H. Cohen at or 614-247-7872.