Food Studies (MS)

Syracuse University

Date Posted: May 5, 2019
Submitted by: Claire Pope
Sustainability Topics: Curriculum, Food & Dining
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Master's Degree


The Master of Science in Food Studies is a 36-credit hour graduate program providing students with a foundation in the political economy of food systems, including food policy, human rights, food governance, and food justice. Students gain a deep understanding of multi-scale, global-local constructions of food governance and civil society claims, trade and food aid, and related public policy as they together influence human health and nutrition, economic development, and the environment. The program purposefully introduces students to Food Studies-oriented research methods and program evaluation, and emphasizes analyses that consider social justice, race, ethnicity, and gender and sexuality.

Courses explore Food Studies and food systems, including: introductory graduate seminar; food and public policy; human right to adequate food and nutrition; political economy of food; transnational food and trade; food labors and decent work; the politics of race, immigration, income, age, and dis/abilities and its impact on food systems; urban agriculture; health and food environments; community geography; food and nutrition security including emergency feeding systems; public health nutrition; food and dis/abilities; and applied epidemiology in the global community, among other topics. Teaching and student research is enhanced by active faculty engagements in these fields.

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