Chatham University: Food Studies (MA)

One of the greatest attributes a food studies education can supply is understanding.
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Chatham University: Food Studies (MA)

Eden Hall 6035 Ridge Rd, Gibsonia, PA 15044, United States

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One of the greatest attributes a food studies education can supply is understanding.

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The Masters of Arts in Food Studies emphasizes a holistic approach to food systems, from agriculture and food production to cuisines and consumption, providing intellectual and practical experience from field to table. Graduates gain analytical and experiential knowledge of global and local food systems. Academic courses provide a critical framework, emphasizing the ways people relate to food within a cultural and historical context. Analyses of global, environmental, and gender issues are centralized in the study of the food system as a cultural, economic, and geographic entity. The 388-acre Eden Hall Campus, with its organic gardens, apiaries, orchards, kitchen and root cellar, provides a working environment for engagement with the practice and pedagogy of sustainable agriculture and culinary arts.

Food Studies is the interdisciplinary domain that includes agricultural and culinary history as well as sociological, cultural, political, economic, and geographic examinations of food production and consumption. At the heart of the curriculum model are a number of common preparatory, experiential, and core courses, which allow students to develop a shared knowledge base and community-based networks. The common preparatory courses provide all students with disciplinary training in both natural and social sciences, linking real world problems with ethics, theory, history, communication, research skills, and experiential learning. Internships and directed study in community settings are encouraged.

Courses of study include agricultural and culinary history as well as sociological, cultural, political, economic, and geographic examinations of food production and consumption with four concentrations that span the food system, plus a dual degree M.A. in Food Studies + MBAopportunity.

Eden Hall Campus and our hands-on curriculum bring learning to life. Students get involved with research opportunities with faculty and have placements with organizations during summer internships that provide real-world experience.

The Food Studies program thrives because of its involvement in the food and culinary community in both Pittsburgh and academia, which provide for community-based networks with excellent opportunities for research and involvement.

Chatham's students and alumni are making a difference in our region, across the country, and around the world. Our graduates are creating businesses and bettering communities from their experiences in the Food Studies program.

About The Sustainable Food Systems Sourcebook

The Sustainable Food Systems Sourcebook is a free database of degree programs, consultants, scholarships, funding, conferences, and other education and training resources for professionals and students focused on food systems work. It is published by the Thomas A. Lyson Center for Civic Agriculture and Food Systems in collaboration with the North American Food Systems Network (NAFSN). The Lyson Center is a project of the Center for Transformative Action (a 501c3 nonprofit organization affiliated with Cornell University).

 

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