B.A. in Food Studies

B.A. in Food Studies

"Through the program, I not only learned about food, history, and culture, but I also began to understand the many issues and inequities in our food system, including food justice topics like food access and food waste. I was challenged to think about food topics holistically, which greatly expanded my passion for the work I do now to create a more equitable and sustainable food system.” - Amrita Khalsa (Food Studies grad, 2023)

About the Major

Empower yourself to tackle urgent social and environmental challenges within both local and global food systems through comprehensive education in Food Studies. This dynamic field is experiencing rapid expansion, driven by the increasing demand for professionals well-versed in food-related policy formulation, community mobilization, and entrepreneurial endeavors. Delve into the B.A. in Food Studies program, designed to equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to effect positive change in the world's intricate food landscapes.

Our interdisciplinary approach explores the intricate interplay between food, culture, society, policy, and the environment, empowering students to become influential agents of change within the global food arena. By examining the multifaceted connections inherent in food systems, graduates emerge prepared to address complex issues with creativity and insight.

Located in Tucson, the first U.S. city honored with the prestigious UNESCO City of Gastronomy designation, our program offers an unparalleled learning environment. Immerse yourself in a vibrant food culture teeming with opportunities for hands-on research experiences and internships. Collaborate with a diverse array of local and regional partners, gaining practical skills and real-world insights that will set you apart as a leader in the field of Food Studies.

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Areas of Study

Agricultural Sciences

In the context of Food Studies, Agricultural Sciences explore the science and technology behind food production, including topics such as crop cultivation, soil management, and sustainable farming practices, essential for understanding the foundation of our food systems.

Culture & Language 

Culture and Language are integral to Food Studies as they delve into the social and cultural significance of food, examining how food shapes identities, traditions, and interpersonal relationships. Language studies complement this by exploring how food-related terms and expressions reflect cultural values and beliefs.

Environment & Sustainability

 This area of study focuses on the environmental impacts of food production and consumption, exploring concepts such as sustainable agriculture, resource management, and conservation practices critical for promoting environmental stewardship and resilience within food systems.

Health, Nutrition & Fitness

Health, Nutrition, and Fitness are essential components of Food Studies, addressing the relationship between food and human health. This area explores topics such as dietary patterns, nutritional requirements, and the role of food in preventing diseases, highlighting the importance of informed food choices for personal well-being.

Interdisciplinary Studies

Interdisciplinary Studies in Food Studies integrate knowledge from various fields such as anthropology, sociology, economics, and ecology to provide a comprehensive understanding of food systems. This approach fosters holistic perspectives and innovative solutions to complex food-related challenges.

Law, Policy & Social Justice 

This area examines the legal and policy frameworks governing food production, distribution, and consumption, as well as their social justice implications. It explores issues such as food security, food sovereignty, and equitable access to nutritious food, emphasizing the role of policy advocacy and legal reform in creating more just and sustainable food systems.

Career Fields

  • Academia
  • Advocacy
  • Development & Planning
  • Education
  • Journalism
  • Nutrition
  • Nonprofit
  • Public policy
  • Research & Development
  • Sustainability