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Master of Arts in Food Studies in San Francisco


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Food Studies
Ken Albala
Program Director

University of the Pacific is pleased to announce a program in Food Studies, which will be the only comprehensive food studies program on the West Coast. Beginning in fall 2015, the program will be offered at Pacific's new state-of-the-art campus in the SoMa district of San Francisco. Students will have the opportunity to complete a degree in the classroom or online with a program that combines sociology, history, and anthropology in the heart of one of the world's premier food cities.

This multidisciplinary program will be designed to train students to master skills necessary for success in food related professions. Courses will range across many disciplines and will focus on developing mastery in research, writing and policymaking methodologies and implementation strategies.

Students will develop exceptional proficiency in evaluating the social, economic, aesthetic and political impact of food choices made by individuals and groups. Careers in the food studies field can include:

  • Business
  • Marketing and advertising
  • Research and development
  • Government agencies
  • NGOs, non profit and philanthropic organizations
  • Food writing
  • Social work
  • Lobbying
  • Advanced work in academia


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