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Though food-related issues vary widely in focus, they are all linked by their complexity and are deeply interdisciplinary nature, each relating to topics of health and nutrition, genetics, politics, culture, the environment, economics, and business. Food is a complex and rapidly emergent topic in today’s society. In America and around the globe, issues such as global production practices, environmental sustainability, and the content of school lunches are at the forefront of scientific inquiry, political debate, and dinner table conversation.

The Food & Society Certificate provides an opportunity for students completing the certificate to be able to appreciate the full range of these interdisciplinary ties and apply new perspectives to their primary academic majors and careers. Students will be able to apply a more comprehensive understanding of the implications of their actions and decisions, find better solutions to today’s complex problems, formulate more effective public policy, become more informed and active citizens, and make healthier choices for themselves and their families. 

For any inquiries that you have related to the certificate, please email headvising@austin.utexas.edu and include your name and UT EID.