Hunger Studies Minor

The Hunger Studies Minor has been updated – Please see below for currently approved courses.

The interdisciplinary Minor in Hunger Studies at the University of Rhode Island is intended to prepare students for leadership roles in understanding and eradicating hunger, and in facilitating students and other URI community members to be life-long advocates for hunger cessation.

To declare this minor, the student must have approval of a program advisor and submit an approved minor form. For more information on the Hunger Studies minor, please contact Professor Kathleen Gorman, 401.874.9089

Requirements include 18 credits (at least twelve credits at the 200 level or above), nine of which will be core courses including 3 credits of internship, a 3 credit-capstone course which will include 1 credit for portfolio development. Nine credits will be from the elective categories. No course may be used for both the major and minor fields of study. Courses in general education may be used for the minor.

Core Courses: 9 Credits Required

  • HSS/PSY 130G – Introduction to Hunger Studies (3  credits)
  • HDF 434 – Capstone (3 credits)
  • Internship (3 credits)


The remaining 9 credits can be taken from a number of pre-approved electives, including:

  • AFS/AVS/PLS 132G or AFS/AVS/PLS 132GH – Sustainable Agriculture, Food Systems & Society
  • COM/SUS 108G – Spaceship Earth: An Introduction to Systems
  • GWS/APG/SOC 308 – Sustainable Agriculture & Food Cultures
  • HDF 357 – Family & Community Health
  • HDF 414 – Leadership for Activism & Social Change
  • NFS 212G – Public Health Nutrition
  • NFS 276G – Food, Nutrition & People
  • NFS 394, 395 – Nutrition in the Life Cycle I, II
  • PHL 217 – Social Philosophy
  • PSC 113 – Introduction to American Politics
  • SOC 212 – Families in Society