Curriculum

The Dual Major in EcoGastronomy integrates UNH strengths in sustainable agriculture, hospitality management, and nutrition to offer a unique academic program emphasizing the interdisciplinary, international, and experiential knowledge that connects all three fields. From growing and preparing food to getting first hand experience in international food cultures and issues of food security, the program provides students with an integrated academic experience.

Core Required Courses

Introduction to EcoGastronomy (ECOG 401) Offered Spring semester.

This interdisciplinary course will introduce students to the principles and practices of EcoGastronomy. It will provide students with a foundation for understanding the connections among food production, ecology, ethics, cuisine, nutrition and health within the framework of sustainability. The course includes guest lectures, class discussion, film reviews, activities, and food tastings.

 Sustainable & Organic Food Production (SAFS 405 / PBIO 405)   Offered Fall semester

This course is an introduction to sustainable agriculture and farming systems with emphasis on organic food production. Through field trips, guest lecturers, and hands-on activities, students learn about the scientific and biological principles relating to organic food production and the role of sustainable agriculture in our local communities.

Nutrition in Health and Well Being (NUTR 400)  Offered Fall & Spring semesters.

This course is designed to teach the scientific principles of human biology using nutritional concepts to promote personal health and well-being. Special fee. Students cannot earn credit for this course if they have taken ANSC 400 or NUTR 475.

 Introduction to Food and Beverage Managment (HMGT 403)  Offered Fall & Spring semester.

This course is designed to introduce the student to the fundamental components of food and beverage production principles and to some basic management skills details. The subject matter is presented through classroom lectures, interactive electronic instruction, guest lectures, and food production labs, including the Hospitality Management Department's Gourmet, Dinner Program. Prereq: permission.

Senior EcoGastronomy Capstone(HMGT 698) Offered Fall & Spring semesters.

Students will synthesize their EcoGastronomy experience with their undergraduate education, including their primary major, and will explore an integrated outlook on their professional future.  Field trips, guest lectures, experiential activities, and related readings and research will provide the foundation for the completion of a portfolio, as well as a research paper to be presented at the Undergraduate Research Conference in the Spring.

15 credits Semester Abroad 

To be selected in consultation with an Advisor. Offered Fall and Spring Semesters.

See the International Experience section of this website for details.

 Elective

Select one from list in consultation with the Director

Portfolio

Students will be required to submit a portfolio annually to the faculty coordinator, and a cumulative portfolio to the instructor of their capstone course for final assessment. Components of the portfolio will include:

  • A year-end summary of the reactions to events and activities organized by the program over the course of the year. These will include guest lectures, films, special dinners, and symposia. A focus on connections with the major is an important aspect of the portfolio.
  • The portfolio work will be part of the capstone experience where the student will provide a summary of the integration of majors and the importance of experiential and international study to their understanding of their food community.

Outline of Degree Program

This outline depicts an "ideal" path through the dual major. However, students who elect to declare the dual major later in their academic career may go back and take the introductory course after having taken other required core courses.

 

Fall

Spring

Freshman

HMGT 403

ECOG 401

HMGT 403 (HMGT Majors)

Sophomore

SAFS 405

NUTR 400

Junior

International Experience Including Series

of Core EcoG Dual Major Courses - Italy

or ELECTIVE

International Experience Including Series

of Core EcoG Dual Major Courses - France

or ELECTIVE

Senior

ECOG Capstone

ECOG Capstone