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About the Food Studies Program

The Master of Arts in Food Studies program is designed to provide students with the skills necessary for success in food-related professions. Courses range across many disciplines including Anthropology, History, Sociology, Literature, and Law, and focus on developing mastery in research, writing and policy making methodologies. The successful student will gain expertise in multiple food policy implementation strategies for use by producers, consumers and law makers. Students will develop exceptional proficiency in evaluating the social, economic, aesthetic and political impact of food choices made by individuals and groups. These skills will equip them for careers in business including marketing, advertising, research and development, for positions in government agencies, NGOs, nonprofit and philanthropic organizations, for careers in food writing, social work, lobbying and for advanced work in academia.

Courses in the Food Studies program systematically examine the many complexities of the modern food system, the ethical, environmental and health impact of how we grow, process, distribute, and consume food. They explore the historical dimensions of how various cultures have obtained and processed food and beverages, why serious inequalities in access to food still prevail around the world, and the role food industries play in shaping the way we eat.

The program consists of 32 credits of course work (eight 4 unit classes) drawn from a core of four classes and four electives offered in rotation. The degree can be completed in four semesters with a two course load each semester or may be completed over several years. There is no minimum course load required to remain in the program.  Students may also audit courses without seeking the degree, although the same entrance requirements and tuition will apply for all students.