At Brown, you can pretty much concentrate (er, major, to you non-Brunonians) in whatever you want. While the standard majors exist, students also have the option of creating their own concentration by forming their own unique curriculum out of existing classes. I concentrated in community health and anthropology, combining the two to form, essentially, a medical anthropology track, studying the relationship between health and society.

Today’s BDH featured an ’11 student concentrating in “gastroanthropology” – which begs the question, why didn’t I think of that? Gastroanthropology comprises the study of the relationship between food and culture. The student plans to take classes in nutrition, anthropology, economics, and sociology. The relationship between food and culture shapes our diets, our health, our interactions with the food system and the environment, and our perspectives on everything from food policy to obesity. Basically, everything that Michael Pollan and his buddies write about. Interesting stuff, no?

Read more: “For sophomore, the story’s in the food” [Brown Daily Herald]