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?

The College of Social and Behavioral Sciences has added an exciting new degree option: the B.A. in Food Studies.

This new major shares a core curriculum with the B.S. in Nutrition in Food Systems, offered by the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. We've collaborated to provide innovative courses and to provide you with numerous research and service learning opportunities that capitalize on Tucson’s designation as a UNESCO City of Gastronomy.

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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, food justice, and food culture. 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: Community Nutrition & Food Security

You'll also choose one course from the areas of Gastronomy in Arts, Culture, and Heritage; Food Systems, Governance, and the Environment; and Sustenance, Health and Wellness. We are also developing opportunities for internships and study abroad.

Ready to learn more?


Get in touch with an SBS advisor:

Allison Ewing-Cooper

Email Allison