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Learning Outcomes

Multidisciplinary and Experiential Learning

Experiential education is a core component of the food studies certificate.

Students that complete the Food Studies certificate will:

The faculty and students approaching Food Studies from a liberal arts perspective would be well-placed to make a substantial contribution to - indeed to make important interventions in – the field of Food Studies.  

As a multidisciplinary endeavor, Food Studies draws on a wide range of methods and ways of knowing. Within the academy, Food Studies courses arise from many disciplines ranging across the curriculum from the arts to the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences.  This certificate offers robust opportunities for “hands-on” experiential learning with community partners and the Dickinson Farm. Given the wide-ranging problems and possibilities that Food Studies offers, students will find emphasis placed on critical thinking skills in all their courses. Because these courses will range across the curriculum, they will be able to present food questions and issues as multi-faceted and complex.

  • Demonstrate knowledge of change and continuity in food systems and food culture (such as: obtainment, production, composition, distribution, preparation, consumption and representation of food)
  • Critically analyze food systems and food culture from multiple disciplines and diverse perspectives across time and place;
  • Articulate the challenges the world is facing and will encounter in the future with respect to food and
  • Make connections between practical experience and intellectual inquiry.