Food in Culture and Social Justice – Online Undergraduate Certificate
Tackle the root causes of inequity in the food system
Develop your knowledge in an emerging field of study to build equal access to safe, culturally acceptable, nutritionally adequate food within diverse cultures around the world. Earning your Undergraduate Certificate in Food in Culture and Social Justice online from Oregon State University will position you to help create a more equitable world through food by identifying and promoting food justice on a community, state or national level.
This interdisciplinary program draws from the expertise within OSU’s College of Liberal Arts and College of Agricultural Sciences to deliver unique insights that appeal to professionals who are interested in food and social justice.
The certificate is delivered 100% online by Oregon State Ecampus, a nationally ranked leader in online education.
The FCSJ curriculum and professors provided me with strong critical thinking skills, the ability to see my connection to the food system, and how my choices impact people, places and cultures.
– Emma, 2018 graduate
Through the lens of social justice and with the aim of nourishing communities so they can thrive, the 28-credit FCSJ certificate coursework examines the role that economic, social and political institutions contribute to the disparities of access to food.
This program distinguishes itself from other, more common online food sciences programs that focus on food science, quality and processes. Oregon State’s FCSJ certificate examines food as more than simple nourishment, delving into topics such as:
- how self-sufficient and sustainable food practices are utilized
- the history of particular food commodities
- when and how we eat
- and food practices within subcultures
As a student in the program, you’ll select from courses in liberal arts and agricultural sciences. The courses will impart the skills needed to operate in an analytical framework as you solve complex situations and engage with communities.
The program includes a 1-credit service learning experience where you’ll have the opportunity to engage in your local community. Visit the OSU Academic Catalog for complete curriculum details and a list of core classes and electives.
Earn certificate credits while taking your major classes
If you're in a major degree program that features some of the same courses in the FCSJ certificate curriculum, you can apply the credits toward both your major program and the certificate. That means you save time and money as you work toward graduation and completing the certificate. Talk to your academic advisor to see how this might apply to your degree plan.
A great way to aid your major studies
The FCSJ certificate is an ideal complement to food-related undergraduate majors, and it's relevant to other programs in social sciences that are related to food justice and equity. Such programs available online through OSU Ecampus include:
- Sustainability (double degree)
- Natural resources
- Fisheries and wildlife sciences
- Agricultural sciences
- Crop and soil science
- Public health
- Public policy
Who can enroll in an Oregon State undergraduate certificate program?
Anyone enrolled in an Oregon State bachelor's program can enroll in any Ecampus online undergraduate certificate program. If you already have a bachelor's degree from OSU or another accredited institution, you may be granted a subsequent undergraduate certificate by applying to OSU as a postbaccalaureate student and indicating your program of interest on the application's statement of objectives.
Benefits of learning online with Oregon State
- All classes are developed by OSU's world-class faculty, who are known worldwide for their research, expertise and innovation.
- Oregon State is regionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
- OSU Ecampus students receive the same certificate and transcript as on-campus students.
NOTE: The U.S. Department of Education has approved this certificate for federal financial aid eligibility as part of a full degree program, but not as an independent certificate program. Alternate funding sources (e.g. loans, private funds) may be required to cover the costs associated with this program.