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    New York, NY 10011
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  • BA/BS Curriculum

    The Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in Food Studies is awarded upon the completion of 120 credits, including at least 30 credits in Food Studies. The major consists of an introductory course and four core courses, providing the foundation for the study of food from the cultural, political, and environmental points of view, and 12 credits (or four courses, depending on curricular choices), in one of the following concentrations: Culture, Media and Communication; Health and Environment; Policy and Politics. Six credits can be chosen from elective courses offered by The New School in topics relevant to students’ professional and cultural interests.

    Core Courses Credits
    NFDS 2050 Introduction to Food Studies 3
    Food and culture course (choose one)
    NFDS 2101 American Culinary History: From the Erie Canal to the Food Network
    NFDS 3505 Food and the Senses: An Exploration of Embodied Knowledge
    NFDS 3401 Eating Identities: Food, Gender, and Race
    NFDS 3110 A Cultural History of Nutrition and Dieting
    3
    Health and environment course (choose one)
    NFDS 3714 Food and the Environment
    NFDS 3700 The Science of Food, Flavor, and Farming
    NFDS 3203 Alternative Food Networks
    NFDS 3110 A Cultural History of Nutrition and Dieting
    3
    Policy and politics course (choose one)
    NFDS 3201 Making Sausage: Policy Tools for Food Systems, Environment and Design
    NFDS 2001 Contemporary Food Controversies
    NFDS 3220 Food Environments, Health and Social Justice
    NFDS 3203 Alternative Food Networks

    3

    Concentration Requirements (choose one area)
    12
    Culture, Media and Communication Concentration
    Sample courses:
    NFDS 2120 The Sweet and the Bitter: A Historical Perspective on Sugar in Culture and Society
    NFDS 2102 Drinking History
    NFDS 3615 Feast Your Eyes: Food and Film
    NFDS 3401 Eating Identities: Food, Gender, and Race
    NFDS 3601 Professional Food Writing


    Health and Environment Concentration
    Sample courses:
    NFDS 3203 Alternative Food Networks
    NFDS 3274 Urban Food Systems
    NFDS 3714 Food and the Environment
    NFDS 3300 Food Fights! Food in Advocacy and Socio-Political Communication


    Policy and Politics Concentration
    Sample courses: 
    NFDS 3201 Making Sausage: Policy for Food Systems, Environment & Design
    NFDS 3202 Food, Power & Paradox: The Role of Business in Food and Farm Policy

    NFDS 2230 The Global Food System
    NFDS 3220 Food Environments, Health, and Social Justice


    Two approved electives 6
    Total30
    Electives

    Students can complete three to six elective credits by taking the courses offered by the Schools of Public Engagement and other colleges of The New School. Credits can also be earned through summer and/or winter courses, internships, co-ed learning, and prior learning, with departmental approval. 

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