2022-2023 Course Catalog

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Global Food Security and Health (GFSH) Minor

The minor in Global Food Security and Health requires a minimum of 19 credit hours.

The Global Food Security and Health minor is an interdisciplinary program that explores the biophysical, technological, and institutional drivers that contribute to global food security and population health. The minor in Global Food Security and Health requires the completion of 19 credits; 13 credits required courses, and 6 credits free electives from the list below. All courses must be taken A-F basis unless only offered on P/F basis.

Required Minor Courses
Introductory Pathways Courses
AAEC 1005Economics of the Food and Fiber System (Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences)3
or ECON 2005 Principles of Economics
CSES 2244Agriculture, Global Food Security and Health (Pathways Concept 4 - Reasoning in the Natural Sciences)3
Middle Pathways Course
HD 2014Integrative Practices for Health, Wellbeing, and Resilience (Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences and Pathways Concept 7 - Critical Analysis of Identity and Equity in the United States)3
Other Non-Pathways Required Courses
SPES 2244World Crops: Food and Culture3
ALS 2964/3954/4994Field Study (Field Study/Study Abroad/Under Graduate Research)1
Subtotal13
Restricted Electives
Select two of the following (minimum 6 credits):6
International Agricultural Development and Trade (Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences)
Environment and Sustainable Development Economics (Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences and Pathways Concept 7 - Critical Analysis of Identity and Equity in the United States)
Monetary and Global Issues in Applied Economics
Leadership Effectiveness for Professionals in Agricultural Organizations
Field Study
Study Abroad
Undergraduate Research
Forests, Society & Climate
Global Forest Sustainability
Natural Resources Economics
Food, War and Conflict
Environmental Problems, Population, and Development (Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences)
Gender, Environment, and International Development
Plants, Places, and Cultures in a Global Context (Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences)
Introduction to Public Health
World Crops: Food and Culture (Pathways Concept 3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences and Pathways Concept 7 - Critical Analysis of Identity and Equity in the United States)
Subtotal6
Total Credits19

Minimum GPA of 2.0 in all courses taken to fulfill the minor is required. Faculty advisor in the Office of Academic Programs will serve as a counterpart to the student's major advisor. Students choosing Global Food Security and Health minor will register with the Office of Academic Programs in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, 1060 Litton Reaves Hall. This will enable the college to provide any pertinent assistance, materials, and information to the student.

If you have any questions, please contact: Dr. Ozzie Abaye – cotton@vt.edu or Drake-Whitney, Karen <kdrake@vt.edu>