Food Studies Degree Requirements | Bachelor's Program
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Degree Requirements

  • The BA and BS in Food Studies are awarded upon the completion of 120 credits, 30 of which must be in food studies. The major consists of a core of 12 credits (4 courses), providing the basics for the study of food from the cultural, political, and environmental points of view, and 18 credits (or 6 courses, depending on curricular choices), in one of the following concentrations: Culture and Communication; Health and Environment; Policy and Politics. Six credits can be chosen from elective courses offered by NSPE and other divisions of The New School in topics relevant for the students’ professional and cultural interests.

    In keeping with the policy of the School of Undergraduate Studies, Food Studies students can study full-time or part-time. Students who study full-time can complete the program in four years. Students have online and evening study options that are particularly convenient for part-time students, including nontraditional and adult students. While not required, internships are available to students, broadening their opportunities to establish professional connections and experience.

    Required Courses Credits
    One Introductory Course
    • Introduction to Food Studies
    One Course in Food and Culture
    • American Culinary History: From the Erie Canal to the Food Network
    • Food and the Senses: An Exploration of Embodied Knowledge
    One Course in Health and Environment
    • Food and the Environment
    • The Science of Food, Flavor, and Farming
    One Course in Policy and Politics
    • Policy Tools for Food System Change
    • Contemporary Food Controversies
    12
    Concentrations

    Students must complete 12 credits in one of the three concentrations offered.

    Culture, Media, and Communication
    • Food and Culture In the Mediterranean
    • Food and the Senses: An Exploration of Embodied Knowledge
    • Eating Identities: Food, Gender and Race in Media
    • Cultural History of Nutrition and Dieting
    • Food Fights! Food in Advocacy and Socio-Political Communication
    • Feast Your Eyes: Food and Film
    • Professional Food Writing
    • Drinking History
    • Food Narratives
    • Molecular Gastronomy: Scientific Approaches to Food and Cuisine
    • Food TV: From Julia Child to Top Chef
    • Jewish Food Through Song and Film
    • Culinary Luminaries: A Celebration of Those Who have Changed the Way We Eat
    • The Sweet and the Bitter: A Historical Perspective on Sugar in Culture and Society
    • Food and NYC: Feeding the City - From Street Carts to Whole Foods
    • Food and NYC: Entertaining the City - From Oyster Houses to Trendy Restaurants
    • Food, Culture, and Tourism: Dominican Republic
    Health and Environment
    • History of American Farming and Agricultural Production
    • Alternative Food Networks
    • Global Food Crisis
    • Food, Tourism, and Sustainable Development
    • Food Fights! Food in Advocacy and Socio-Political Communication
    • Urban Agriculture
    • Urban Food Systems
    • Molecular Gastronomy: Scientific Approaches to Food and Cuisine
    • Food Environments, Health, and Social Justice
    • From Nuggets to Nourishment: Kids and Food
    • Food and the Environment
    Policy and Politics
    • Alternative Food Networks
    • Global Food Crisis
    • Politics and Power in the Global Food System
    • Food and Migrations
    • Policy Tools for Food System Change
    • Food, Global Trade, and Development
    • Food Fights! Food in Advocacy and Socio-Political Communication
    • Urban Food Systems
    • Food Environments, Health, and Social Justice
    • New Frontiers in Food Systems Resilience
    • Social Justice in the Food System
    • Food Hubs and VBSCs
    • Food Policy and Agribusiness Finance
    • Social Entrepreneurship
    12
    Electives
    Students can complete 3 to 6 credits by taking the courses listed below, which are offered by NSPE and other divisions 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.

    • How to Convince with Numbers
    • Introduction to Business Management
    • Introduction to Marketing
    • Introductory Finance for Business
    • Basic Accounting
    • Managerial Skills for Successful Organizations
    • Introduction to Nonprofit Management
    • Growing a Small Business
    • Big Data: Marketing and Consumer Research
    • Successful Internet Marketing
    • Public Relations: Practice and Critique
    • All About Advertising
    • Restaurant Ownership
    • Food Product Business
    • Fundamentals of Wine
    • Food Styling
    • Food Culture: French Style
    6
    Total Credits 30
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