Sustainable Food Systems Course Listings

A major around the sustainable production, marketing and distribution of sustainable food is offered, which includes two distinctive Goshen College offerings: the Sustainability Core sequence and the Agroecology Summer Intensive program at Merry Lea Sustainable Farm.

Major in sustainable food systems

45-47 credit hours

Sustainability Core (24 credit hours)

  • Biol 207, Roots of Environmental Crisis 3
  • Bus 121, Introduction to Entrepreneurship 3
  • Bus 155, Organization of Business2
  • Bus 307, Career Planning 1
  • Econ 309, Environmental Economics 3
  • Sust 155, Sustainability Seminar (taken two times, 1 credit each)2
  • Sust 201, Introduction to Sustainability 3
  • Sust 205, Sustainability Policy 3
  • Sust 408, Merry Lea Internship1
  • Sust 410, Sustainability Capstone 3

Agroecology Summer Intensive (15 credit hours)

  • Sust 210, Animal Husbandry 3
  • Sust 215, Food Systems 3
  • Sust 316, Crop & Soil Management 4
  • Sust 318, Ecology of Agricultural Systems4
  • Sust 408, Internship (on-farm) 1

Remaining major requirements (6 credit hours)

  • Choose two of the following courses 6-8
    • Biol 115, Ecology and Evolution (4)
    • Biol 201, Botany (4)
    • Biol 205, Pollinators in Peril (3)
    • Biol 222, Soil Science (4)
    • Biol 235, Geographic Information Systems (4)
    • Bus 254, Principles of Marketing (3)
    • Chem 101, 103, or 111 (3-4)
    • Kin 360, Teaching Health Concepts (3)
    • Kin 415, School and Community Health (3)
    • Posc 210, Public Policy (3)
    • Soc 320, Environmental Sociology (3)

Student learning outcomes

Graduates in Sustainable Food Systems will:

  1. Raise food for self and others in cooperation with soil, plant, animal, and human communities across a given landscape.
  2. Articulate hope for the future in our growing adoption of sound agroecological solutions that store carbon in soils and contribute to the regeneration of our lands, waters, and societies.
  3. Cultivate an evolving personal “ethic of eating” based on experiences throughout the food system including: production practices, workers’ rights, equitable supply chains, and meaningful labeling.
  4. Experience and reflect on the mental, spiritual, emotional, and physical benefits of tending growing things and sharing meals; consider how to pass these benefits on to others.
  5. Articulate the roles of food literacy/education, food security, food policy, and food sovereignty in building a food-oriented community development strategy using food and agriculture to create economic opportunities, healthy neighborhoods, and build community assets, pride, and power.
  6. Apply a systems-thinking approach to developing lasting solutions to complex social-
    environmental-economic issues in the food system.
  7. Envision bringing about a more just, regenerative, and equitable food system through career, innovation, advocacy, and lifestyle.

Planning guide

First year Goshen Core
Introduction to Sustainability
Roots of Environmental Crisis
Introduction to Entrepreneurship
Sustainability Policy
Second year Goshen Core
Sustainability Seminar
Major Elective
Organization of Business
Agroecology Summer Intensive (15 credits)
(summer after second year)
Third year Goshen Core
Environmental Economics
Career Planning
Sustainability Seminar
Internship II (off-farm)
SST
Fourth year Balance of Goshen Core
Major Elective
Environmental Economics
Sustainability Capstone
Note: most students will be part-time in spring semester

Planning and advising notes

Other courses besides those listed above are acceptable to fulfill the major electives category at the discretion of the major advisor.

Goshen College financial aid is able to be used for the summer semester just as it is used for the fall and spring semesters; contact financial aid for more details.

Minor in sustainable food systems

18-19 credit hours

Agroecology Summer Intensive at Merry Lea

  • Sust 210, Animal Husbandry 3
  • Sust 215, Food Systems 3
  • Sust 316, Crop & Soil Management4
  • Sust 318, Ecology of Agricultural Systems4
  • Sust 408, Merry Lea Internship1
  • One of the following courses: 3-4
    • Biol 201, Botany of Seed Plants(4)
    • Biol 205, Pollinators in Peril (3)
    • Biol 222, Soil Science (4)
    • Bus 155, Organization of Business (3)
    • Soc 320, Environmental Sociology (3)
    • Posc 210, Public Policy (3)

Advising notes

For more information about the Agroecology Summer Intensive (ASI), see staging.goshen.edu/asi. Once the summer semester has been completed, other courses besides those listed above are acceptable to fulfill the minor in Sustainable Food Systems at the discretion of the minor advisor.
Goshen College financial aid is able to be used for the summer semester just as it is used for the fall and spring semesters; contact financial aid for more details. A certificate of completion is available at a discounted rate for ASI participants who do not wish to earn academic credit.