Department of Nutrition, Food Studies, and Public Health

Food Studies

Who we are

Food Studies at NYU is one of the first master’s degree programs in the U.S. devoted to food scholarship. Employing approaches from the humanities and social sciences, the program prepares students to analyze the current American food system, its global connections, and local alternatives. The program examines cultural, political, economic, environmental, and geographic approaches to food within local, urban and global contexts.  

The MA in Food Studies requires 19 credits in mandatory coursework that covers food systems, culture, and policy, as well as a research component.  Beyond these requirements, students can take 21 credits in specialization modules (policy/advocacy, business/social entrepreneurship, media/cultural analysis) to dig deeper into their interests.  

Our mission is to examine the ways in which individuals, communities, and societies produce, distribute, and consume food. Cities at the center of flows of people, produce, and media products, are the prime locus of our investigations.

Why NYU Food Studies?

What you'll learn

Upon completion of our program, students will be able to:

For more information about the master's degree, please contact:

Sharonda McKinney Brown
Graduate Food Studies Advisor

Jennifer Berg
Program Director/Clinical Associate Professor