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Food Studies
Ken Albala
Program Director

About the Food Studies Program

The Food Studies program of College of the Pacific, the University's liberal arts and sciences college, is the first of its kind on the West Coast.  The program, based at Pacific's San Francisco campus, will offer a broad interdisciplinary scope, with curriculum that encompasses the history of food and current conditions of food production, food scarcity and food justice. Faculty will offer electives in subjects as diverse as food writing and the politics of nutrition to students who will pursue careers in or around the food industry, in advocacy and policy making, marketing, management and in food service.

Students who attend the program in person will have the added ability to study in one of the world's premier food cities and regions! Faculty may arrange and lead field visits to area restaurants, farms and food processing facilities as well as invite guest lectures from food policy makers, NGO staff members, farmers, chefs and other experts. This will encourage students to engage in the dynamism that is the Bay Area food and farming scene, while making connections with leaders throughout the food system. Effort will also be made to simulcast guest lectures and create parallel experiences for distance learners.