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Global Food Security and Health Minor

The Global Food Security and Health minor is an interdisciplinary program that explores the biophysical, technological, and institutional drives that contribute to global food security and population health. The minor also provides students with directed, internationally-oriented experiential learning opportunities, such as study abroad, undergraduate research, internship, or service-learning placement.

Why do it?

Build knowledge and skills to understand the interrelationships among the behavioral, economic, social, cultural, political, biophysical, institutional, and technological drivers of current and future global food security for populations. This minor enables students to act as ethical global citizens to support the resilient and sustainable globalized food and agricultural systems. Throughout the curriculum, students will gain insight into negotiating complex problems through group work, case studies, and critical thinking.


The 19-credit minor in Global Food Security and Health requires 13 credit hours of coursework and 6 credit hours minimum of restricted electives. Of the 13 credit hours required, 12 are Pathways courses.

AAEC 1005: Economics of the Food and Fiber System -or- ECON 2005:     Principles of Economics
CSES 2244: Agricultural Global Food Security and Health
HD 2014: Integrative Practice for Health, Wellbeing, and Resilience
ALS 2964: Field Study -or- ALS 3954: Study Abroad -or- ALS 4994:     Undergraduate Research
SPES 2244: World Crops: Food and Culture

Students select the remaining 6 credit hours from an interdisciplinary list of restricted electives.  For a complete list of elective courses, consult the Registrar checksheet (follow this link, click on 'checksheets', scroll down to Minors, and find the minor checksheet you're interested in).

Who is it for?

Students with interests in agriculture, business, international studies, policy, and public health. This minor will effectively prepare students for governmental and non-governmental careers focused on some of the most important global challenges of the current century.

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This minor is hosted by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Pathways Concepts

Core Concepts*
3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences
4 - Reasoning in the Natural Sciences
7 - Critical Analysis of Identity and Equity in the United States
*Students are guaranteed to meet at least three of the core concepts listed

Integrative Concepts
Ethical Reasoning
Intercultural and Global Awareness