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    Food Studies (BA/BS/AAS)

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    Tuesday, December 10, 6:00 p.m.

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    72 Fifth Ave.
    New York, NY 10011
    212.229.5150 or 800.292.3040

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    Food Studies Program
    66 West 12th St., Room 901
    New York, NY 10011

  • Earn a bachelor's degree and/or an associate in applied science (AAS) degree in Food Studies. This program is open to adults, transfer students, and other nontraditional undergraduates. Explore the connections between food, culture, social policy, and the environment as you enter or advance your career in the food sector. Led by our expert faculty, explore subjects ranging from food systems and food media to global food security and public health issues like obesity and malnutrition.

    • Degree Bachelor of Arts / Bachelor of Science / Associate in Applied Science
    • Format Full-time or part-time, on campus or online
    • Start Term Fall or Spring

    Interdisciplinary Curriculum

    The BA/BS in Food Studies fosters students' intellectual and practical engagement with urgent social and cultural issues ranging from food deserts to childhood obesity, from the presence of immigrants in U.S. food production to food security. The AAS in Food Studies is designed for students looking to enter the job market in the food sector, professionals in the food and hospitality industry, and student chefs who want to integrate their existing skills with a deeper knowledge of cultural, social, and environmental issues connected to food.

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    View AAS curriculum

    Hands-on Experience

    New York City is your laboratory for learning, providing unparalled opportunities to explore contemporary food issues. The city has one of the largest wholesale food markets in the nation and is headquarters to numerous NGOs with interests in food, health, and the environment. Internships, apprenticeships, self-directed learning, and other professional experiences let you apply what you learn in the classroom to real-world situations. The Food Studies program also maintains collaborations with GrowNYC, Edible magazine, the Street Vendor Project, Family Cook Productions, Restaurant Opportunities Center, and the James Beard Foundation.

    Career Paths

    A degree in food studies prepares you to begin or advance your career in the food sector, including food policy research and advocacy, environmentally sustainable agriculture, urban policy analysis and management, food marketing and distribution, food media, public relations, business administration for governments and NGOs, culinary journalism, and food and culinary businesses. AAS students can also proceed to earn a BA or BS in Food Studies or a related discipline at The New School.

  • An expert faculty of culinary historians, policy activists, entrepreneurs, and scientists will lead you on an exploration of issues ranging from food deserts (areas where affordable healthy food is difficult to obtain) to childhood obesity, and from food security to food journalism.

  • Featured Courses

    • This course examines the relationship between the food system (production, distribution, consumption and disposal) and the urban environment. We will learn about the environmental impacts of food on cities and the pressures of consumption patterns on urban foodsheds. The course will explore how d...

    • Globally, around one-third of all food produced is lost or wasted along the food chain, while an estimated 740 million people around the world suffer from hunger and malnutrition. During the past decade, no culinary topic has energized more people around the world than has food waste. Corporate e...

    • The special challenges of professional food writing are explored as students learn how to write and submit inquiry letters, newspaper articles, magazine stories, restaurant reviews, recipes, and op-ed pieces, as well as book and cookbook proposals. The course covers research, interviewing, and ne...

    • This course explores how gender and race are experienced and expressed through food. It starts from the premise that food is at once political and quotidian, and this is what gives it power. Far from a benign activity, preparing and consuming food becomes a forum for the performance, reproduction...

    • Why is food so common in movies? Why have food movies become so popular in the past few decades? This course examines how food, its production, its consumption, and the socio-political issues related to it have been represented in movies. Students will specifically look at how films illustrate th...

  • I thought I would take food studies and photography courses to develop my food styling business. Instead, my courses led me on a totally different career path, focusing on food as a vehicle for social justice.

    Francisca Sanhueza, BS Food Studies ’15
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