Get your B.A. in Food Studies

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About the Major

Are you passionate about food? Do you want to understand the social, political, environmental, and cultural dimensions of food? A degree in Food Studies prepares students to address pressing social and environmental problems in our food systems.

This major shares a core curriculum with the B.S. in Nutrition and Food Systems, offered by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. Tucson is a UNESCO City of Gastronomy and an ideal setting to pursue a degree in Food Studies given its vibrant food scene and countless opportunities for service learning, applied research experiences, and internships with a wide range of local and regional partners.

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Learn about the cultural and historical significance of food

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Explore the food scene in Tucson, a UNESCO City of Gastronomy

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Work to tackle food injustice



Food-related majors are burgeoning across the country! Benefit from the growing demand for experts in food-related policy work, community organizing, and entrepreneurship. Consider food studies as a double major, leading to exciting career options. 



  • Culinary writer 
  • Restaurant manager
  • Food marketer
  • Community educator
  • Food historian
  • Policy analyst
  • Food-related community organizer
  • Food systems entrepreneur


You will benefit from faculty expertise across campus and learn to work collaboratively across disciplines. Core courses include:

  • FOOD 101: Intro to Critical Food Studies
  • FOOD 102: Intro to U.S. Food Systems
  • ENGL 307: Business Writing
  • FOOD 300: Food Justice, Ethics, & Activism
  • FOOD 302: Food Practices

You'll also choose elective courses from the areas of Food, Society, and Culture; Global Food Policy, Governance, and the Environment; and Leadership and Community Engagement. There are also opportunities for internships, independent study projects, and study abroad.

Ready to learn more?

Get in touch with an SBS advisor:

Laura Owen

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