Food studies is the critical examination of food—the evolution of its procurement, production, consumption and cultural meanings within the contexts of the natural and social sciences and humanities. It's a multidisciplinary field of study that involves and attracts philosophers, historians, scientists, literary and language scholars, artists, sociologists, art historians, anthropologists, nutritionists, psychologists, agriculturalists, economists, artists, film producers and critics, policymakers and consumers.
Complex questions frame food studies: Where does food come from? Why do people eat what they eat? Are current food systems sustainable? What factors will shape the future of food systems, foodways and food culture?
The Dickinson approach to food studies stands to contribute substantially to the development of engaged citizens who are well-equipped to participate thoughtfully and productively in the full range of endeavors that any liberal-arts graduate might consider—in business, academia, nonprofit work, policymaking, law and medicine.
The food studies certificate exemplifies a useful education, one that affects every member of the community on a daily basis by:
- Combining courses across the curriculum
- Providing hands-on experiential learning opportunities
- Interacting with community partners
- Integrating the Dickinson College Farm into student learning
Steps for Declaring the FDST Certificate:
- You should declare your FDST certificate as soon as possible. FDST students have priority for getting into FDST200 and FDST400.
- Email the FDST chair, Emily Pawley, to let her know your
intentions to declare the FDST certificate. She will assign you an
- Setup up an appointment to meet with your advisor. During
that meeting you will discuss the FDST certificate program, including
study-abroad options for FDST and how to complete the field
experience requirement. Your advisor will also sign your form. You
do not need to bring your form (your advisor has it), and you do not
need to get the FDST chair's signature.
- After the meeting, you will take the completed form to the