Food Studies Certificate of Advanced Study (CAS)

Syracuse University

Date Posted: May 5, 2019
Submitted by: Claire Pope
Sustainability Topics: Curriculum, Food & Dining
Content Type: Academic Programs
Program Type: Graduate Certificate/Diploma


The academic field of Food Studies trains students in the fast-changing landscape of international food policy as well as local food governance systems. The program at Syracuse University is characterized by the study of structural conditions of inequalities, injustice and imbalances in the food system, combined with learning the levers of social change, including social movements, public policy, and equitably organized food and nutrition economies. Students learn how the local and global articulate with each other under diverse circumstances like climate change, trade rules, or nutrition policy and humanitarian/charity assistance.

The graduate level C.A.S. in Food Studies enhances students’ employment profile in food-related fields, opening employment opportunities in: local and national government work associated with food regulation and industry relations; NGO engagement in advocacy and policy associated with the human right to adequate food, food sovereignty, food and nutrition security, and trade and food-oriented labor; economic and social development work at the community, national, and international scales; food production and distribution companies, services, and vendors in established or start-up modes.

Food Studies is an interdisciplinary field that has great relevance across traditional academic departments. Students with a C.A.S. in Food Studies will also be well prepared for advanced graduate work that focuses on food studies and systems related questions that are being asked throughout the academy.