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    Food Studies (BA/BS/AAS)

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    Food Studies Program
    66 West 12th Street, suite 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, spring, or summer

    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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    Hands-On Experience

    New York City is your laboratory for learning, providing unparalleled 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, the 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, in areas 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.

    ICC Partnership 

    The New School collaborates with the International Culinary Center (ICC) to provide opportunities for ICC graduates to continue their studies by earning an AAS, BA, or BS in Food Studies through the Bachelor’s Program for Adults and Transfer Students. 

    Graduates from selected ICC programs can earn up to 22 credits toward their AAS, BA, or BS degree through this transfer agreement. To learn more about The New School’s partnership with ICC, including terms and conditions, please write to the Admission team at finish@newschool.edu.

  • 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 history of food in New York City, from the city’s early colonization to contemporary restaurant culture. We will explore issues of class, ethnicity, immigration, labor, technology, and culture, with a special focus on New York’s culinary pioneers from the Delmonico brothers...

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    • This course explores social justice dimensions of today’s globalized food system and considers sustainability in terms of social, in addition to environmental indicators. We develop an understanding of the food system that includes farmers and agroecological systems; farm and industry workers; busin...

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    • Everybody drinks everyday, and the drinks menu may range from the morning’s eye-opening shot of caffeine, perhaps a fizzy soda or milk midday, to something alcoholic in the evening, with the ubiquitous bottled water ever-present in contemporary America. How did these drinks become our quotidian refr...

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  • 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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