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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; and 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 3401 Eating Identities
    NFDS 3410 Food and Migration
    3
    Health and environment course (choose one)
    NFDS 2720 Food and the Human Body
    NFDS 3714 Food and the Environment
    3-4
    Policy and politics course (choose one)
    NFDS 2230 The Global Food System
    NFDS 3201 Making Sausage: Policy Tools for Food Systems, Environment, and Design
    NFDS 3202 Food, Power, and Paradox
    NFDS 4010 / UGLB 4010 Food Supply Chains, Sustainability, and Social Justice

    3

    Concentration Requirements (choose one area)
    12
    Culture, Media, and Communication Concentration
    Sample courses:
    NFDS 2110 Culinary Luminaries: A Celebration of Those Who Have Changed the Way We Eat
    NFDS 2120 The Sweet and the Bitter: A Historical Perspective on Sugar in Culture and Society 

    NFDS 2615 Food and Media
    NFDS 3615 Feasting Your Eyes: Food and Film
    NFDS 3401 Eating Identities: Food, Gender, and Race
    NFDS 3446 Food and Emerging Technologies
    NFDS 3300 Food Fights! Food in Advocacy and Sociopolitical Communication
    NFDS 2906 NYC Eats: Food, People, Places


    Health and Environment Concentration
    Sample courses:
    NFDS 2080 Introduction to Food Design
    NFDS 3274 Urban Food Systems
    NFDS 3406 Umami Studies
    NFDS 3714 Food and the Environment


    Policy and Politics Concentration
    Sample courses:

    NFDS 3201 Making Sausage: Policy for Food Systems, Environment, and Design
    NFDS 3202 Food, Power, and Paradox
    NFDS 2230 The Global Food System

    NFDS 3300 Food Fights! Food in Advocacy and Socio-Political Communication
    NFDS 3410 Food and Migration
    NFDS 4010/UGLB 4010 Food Supply Chains, Sustainability, 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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