Comparison of Food-Related Majors

Wondering which food-related degree is right for you? The University of Arizona has two new programs focusing on food: the B.A. in Food Studies and the B.S. in Nutrition & Food Systems.

Shared Coursework

The two majors share core courses in:

  • FOOD 101: Intro to Critical Food Studies
  • FOOD 202: Intro to the U.S. Food System
  • FOOD 300: Food Justice, Ethics, & Activism
  • FOOD 302: Critical Food Practice
  • FOOD 498: Capstone

How do the programs differ?


  B.A. Food studies B.S. Nutrition & food systems  
FOCUS Social, historical, and cultural dimensions of food The food system from production to consumption  
MINOR Minor required No minor required  
4th semester language required 2nd semester language required  
  • Food, Society, and Culture
  • Global Food Policy, Governance, & Environment
  • Leadership and Community Engagement
  • Food Supply Chain
  • Human Health
  • Food & Culture
  • Culinary Writer
  • Food Marketer
  • Community Educator
  • Policy Analyst
  • Food-related Community Organizer
  • Food Systems Entrepreneur
  • Cooperative Extension Specialist
  • Peace Corps or Americorps Specialist
  • Organic Certification Specialist
  • Non-profit Manager
  • Restaurant Manager