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Food Studies Pathways Minor

The program is in the process of developing an undergraduate food studies minor, open to students from across Virginia Tech. The minor will include a new Introduction to Food studies course; electives from across the humanities, social sciences, and applied sciences; hands-on learning courses; and a capstone course that can be fulfilled by study abroad, internship, thesis, or other experiential learning. If you have courses you'd like to add to or develop for the minor, please FILL OUT THIS FORM and/or email Program Director Anna Zeide, zeide@vt.edu. We will provide support in creating new proposals for Food Studies courses from humanities and social science perspectives that fit with the minor. 

Learning from Experience: Food Studies Programs Project

As we build our program, we seek knowledge about best practices  that are rooted in others’ experiences. So we're launching a project to interview and learn from Food Studies administrators from around the country and throughout the world. The Association for the Study of Food and Society (ASFS) keeps a list of many such programs. We plan to make these materials available to other burgeoning food studies programs. 

The Food Timeline

The Food Studies program, in collaboration with the Virginia Tech Special Collections and University Archives, has acquired The Food Timeline. This website and accompanying physical library is the most comprehensive inventory of historical food knowledge online. Since the death of its founder, Lynne Olver, her family had been looking for a new steward. See the Eater article about the initial search for a new home and the follow-up article about VT's acquisition. Virginia Tech is proud to carry on Olver’s legacy and create space for new research and student internship opportunities through this powerful resource.  

Weekly Newsletters

Each Monday during the semester, we will send out to our listserv (Join Here) a Weekly Newsletter with events, calls for papers, recommended reading, and other resources. Please send items for submission to zeide@vt.edu. Access past issues of our newsletter: 11/30/20 - 12/7/20