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BA Food Studies

The BA in Food Studies at University of Arizona provides an understanding of the role of culture, governance, sustainable practices, history, and environment in people’s relationships with and consumption of food.

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Full-time Duration: 4 years
Starting in: August, January, May
Tuition Fee: $37,116 per year
Location: Tucson, United States

Food Studies is defined as the critical interdisciplinary examination of food in all its dimensions, including culture, economy, gender, ethnicity, health, and environment.

Through this transdisciplinary Food Studies at University of Arizona, students will be prepared to help resolve pressing problems around food issues such as food insecurity, food deserts, food and environmental sustainability, food sovereignty, and cultural and entrepreneurial activity around food creativity.

They will learn about, and be able to describe, the historical evolution and cultural significance of food within specific regional, national, or international contexts, and to explain, as social scientists, the social, cultural, political, and economic dimensions of food.

Students will conduct applied research rooted in sound ethnographic practices, evaluate diverse factors affecting food growth and consumption, including the intersecting roles of race, class, gender, national status and sexuality, and analyze legal cases, feature stories, and policy reports.

Courses include:

  • Intro to U.S. Food Systems
  • Food Justice, Ethics & Activism
  • Community Nutrition & Food Security

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