Food System Sustainability Certificate

Arizona State University

Date Posted: April 12, 2018
Submitted by: Jade Chalkley
Sustainability Topics: Curriculum, Food & Dining
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Undergraduate Certificate/Diploma


Food systems are particularly important for human societies to sustain; however, these systems are particularly vulnerable to multiple threats. Many students from a wide variety of disciplines are interested in food systems, especially as food and sustainability become increasingly relevant issues to employers in fields across the public and private sectors. This certificate allows ASU students to take advantage of the diversity of courses offered that address challenges to food system sustainability. The certificate encourages students to cover a breadth of topics and perspectives related to food system issues while providing the opportunity to focus on particular skills and approaches suitable for their career paths. Career paths can range from agriculture to marketing and retail to policy or ethics. This certificate offers an innovative and exciting approach to the challenges of food system sustainability. Due to the transdisciplinary nature of the certificate, many courses may be found across all four ASU campuses, allowing students to choose both the focus area and location of study that best fits their needs. The knowledge, competencies and skills students will have upon completion of this certificate include the ability to identify food system drivers, activities, actors and outcomes at different spatial scales and the capacity to assess the primary social, economic and environmental drivers and outcomes associated with food system sustainability challenges.