Studying Community Food Systems at Regis

Studying Community Food Systems at Regis

Community Food Systems students learn to consider the interrelationships of culture, ecology, economy, health, and society through analysis of the dominant food system and its practices.
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Minor in Community Food Systems

Degree Overview

Community Food Systems students learn to consider the interrelationships of culture, ecology, economy, health, and society through analysis of the dominant food system and its practices. We will consider how our relationships in all of these directions can be addressed and how urban food production can provide a bridge toward collaborative community based work which will be critical for human and ecological flourishing. Sister Garden’s a one-acre, urban farm incorporated into a new North Denver housing development will provide the context for our work with the soil and in the classroom. Working with fellow students, faculty and community members throughout metro Denver will empower students to be life-long learners and leaders in their communities now and into the future.

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Students interested in this minor will apply to the minor in the fall of their sophomore year.  If you have specific questions about the Community Food Systems minor you can email Associate Professor of Anthropology, Damien J. Thomspon, Ph.D. at dthmpsn@regis.edu.  

Program Requirements

Program Curriculum:

  • 15 credit hours

Core:

  • Introduction to Urban Food Systems (3SH)
    Pre-requisite: completion of first year experience courses
    *While most students within Regis College will begin the minor program in the spring semester of their sophomore year, special exemption can be granted to students who would be unable to complete the minor program in the fall of the junior year. These students would be allowed to begin the minor program in the spring of their freshman year. Exemptions will be considered on a case by case basis and will be granted at the discretion of the program chair., Field Practicum Fall (3SH)
  • Field Practicum Spring (3SH)
  • Field Practicum Summer/Internship/Apprenticeship (0-2 SH)
    *The CFS minor program will use a variable model where students can sign up for a summer practicum course for anywhere from 0-2 credits.
    Pre-requisite: Introduction to Urban Food Systems and application to the program

Take two electives, (6 SH):
The courses below exemplify the types of courses we will seek to offer as electives. The below courses are all currently taught in Regis College with the exception of the Permaculture Practicum.

  • The Anthropology of Food, Gender and Culture: AN 411 (C) SO 411 and WGS 411
  • Introduction to Permaculture: AN 469Q (C) SO 469Q
  • Justice Oriented Farming Practices: ENVS 424 (C) PJ 480
  • History and Practices of Communal Environmentalism: ENVS 407 (C) HS 407 and PJ 437E
  • Food Justice: AN 412 (C) SO 412 and PJ426)
  • Sustainable Communities: ENVS 441 (C) PJ 441 and SO 441)
  • Permaculture Design Practicum