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Food, Culture & Ecology

Food, Culture, & Ecology is about how humans love to eat. We love to share food, watch others prepare it, and many of us even like trying out new cuisines. But food is  for more than mere pleasure or sustenance--it is political, cultural and even rhetorical. It is inextricably tied to the family, to tradition and the hearth.  It involves environmental issues and economic ones--and it is at the root of many of our social justice concerns. In this learning community students will explore a number of these issues (and a few more) from a variety of perspectives and in a handful of disciplines to try and answer the question, what does the food we eat say about us? Food, Culture, & Ecology is led by faculty in the College of Humanities.

LEARNING COMMUNITY HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE:
  • Engage in your own open-ended discovery activities and experiments
  • Design your own research project
  • The classes associated with this learning community will provide you the opportunity to learn and explore the biology, geography, sociology, environmental studies, political science and writing pathways.

 

 
A WORD FROM OUR ALUMNI

"I have felt more accepted into the University’s community by collaborating with classmates of all walks of life for studies for our Block U class, and have made friends that I now consider my greatest. I have been able to explore campus through studying the natural environment, which this course gave me the opportunity to do, which has made me more comfortable with navigating campus as a first year student. It has also immersed me into the community by allowing me to explore different student’s opinions and ways of thinking, that have broadened my horizons. Overall, my involvement in this course has allowed me to open up more to student life and feel more accepted by not only my Block U professor and peer advisor, but other professors and TA’s I have encountered so far in my college career."

Want to join a Block U Learning Community?

First, you must complete your New Student Orientation. Once you have completed your Virtual Orientation modules, please move on to the Academic Advising section below for information regarding your academic advising appointment.

If you have questions about getting registered for an orientation, how to complete the orientation modules, please contact the Office of Orientation and Tranistion.

Office of Orientation & Transition

Webiste orientation.utah.edu
Phone 801-581-7069
Email orientation@utah.edu
Address
280 A. Ray Olpin Student Union Building (UNION)
200 South Campus Dr.
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Once you complete your New Student Orientation modules, you will meet with an academic advisor for first semester course planning. To find your steps to speak with an advisor, review the "Connect with your Academic College" module in your Canvas course. This module will include instructions specific to your academic college/major.

Prepare for your advising appointment by setting up your FERPA pin, familiarize yourself with Graduation Requirements, make a list of topics you are interested in and classes you would like to take, prepare any questions to ask. Don't forget to mention you want to join Block U while meeting with your academic advisor and share with them the Block U learning community worksheet!

If you are having trouble finding your college specific orientation information, visit https://orientation.utah.edu/orientation/orientation_academic_colleges.php

If you are having difficulty connecting with your Academic College, please contact the Office of Orientation & Transition.

Office of Orientation & Transition

Webiste orientation.utah.edu
Phone 801-581-7069
Email orientation@utah.edu
Address
280 A. Ray Olpin Student Union Building (UNION)
200 South Campus Dr.
Salt Lake City, UT 84112

 

Quick Advising Question? 

Website advising.utah.edu
Phone 801-581-8146
Email AACReception@utah.edu

During your academic advising appointment, your advisor will help you register for courses and show you how to modify them. Don't forget to mention you want to join Block U while meeting with your academic advisor and share with them the Block U learning community worksheet!

Visit blocku.utah.edu/frequently-asked-questions with answers to questions we receive pretty often. If you have a question that is not listed, please fill out our contact form at blocku.utah.edu/contact-us and a Block U Ambassador will reach out within 24 hours.

 If you have any questions, feel free to contact us via a form on our website at blocku.utah.edu/contact-us and a Block U Ambassador will reach out within 24 hours.
Last Updated: 4/30/21