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Hunger Studies Minor

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 his or her academic advisor. 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 130 - Introduction to Hunger Studies (3 credits)
  • HDF 434 - Capstone (3 credits; must include 1 credit for a portfolio)
  • Internship (3 credits)
  • Optional URI 101 with a focus on a hunger/social justice (1 credit)


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

  • CPL 300/NRS 300 - Introduction to Global Issues in Sustainable Development
  • NFS 276 - Food, Nutrition, and People
  • NFS 394 - Nutrition in the Life Cycle I
  • NFS 395 - Nutrition in the Life Cycle II
  • HDF 357 - Family and Community Health
  • HDF 414 - Leadership for Activism and Social Change
  • PHL 217 - Social Philosophy
  • PSC 221 - State and Local Government
  • PSC 420 - Non Violence and Change in the Nuclear Age
  • PSC 485 - The Politics of Children's Rights

Have you heard about snap?

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance

Program is the new name for the Food Stamp Program.

Learn more about the SNAP Outreach Project or to access a benefits application:

What's new at the hunger center

The Restaurant Meals Program comes to Rhode Island

Now there is a way for homeless, elderly, and disabled SNAP recipients to buy hot, prepared meals. The Restaurant Meals Program uses the same SNAP benefits and EBT cards to allow certain low-income individuals to buy low-cost meals at participating locations. Eligible individuals are the homeless, elderly, and disabled who may not have access to food storage or preparation.

For more information about the Restaurant Meals Program, visit

For more information about the Restaurant Meals Program in RI, visit



SNAP Outreach Coordinator takes part in Food Stamp Challenge

University Students Respond to Hurricane Irene

Pres. Dooley mentions the Hunger Center in his most recent "Conversation with URI"

Kathleen Gorman speaks at Hungry for Answers conference

Reaching out to the Hispanic community