Academic Food Studies Programs

Boston University Food Studies

To promote scholarship about food, Boston University’s Metropolitan College (MET) offers the part-time Master of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy. Cofounded by Jacques Pépin and Julia Child, the program offers a rigorous, interdisciplinary approach to food studies, including opportunities for experiential learning. A Graduate Certificate in Food Studies is also available.

Contact: Megan Elias,


Johns Hopkins University Center for a Livable Future

As an interdisciplinary academic center of the Johns Hopkins University, the Center for a Livable Future (CLF) provides coursework, experiential learning opportunities, and mentorship that promotes an integrated understanding of food systems, diet, food security, and public health. The Center leads a variety of education program activities at the Bloomberg School of Public Health, including graduate level coursework, a certificate program, an MPH concentration, and a CLF-Lerner Fellowship program.  CLF’s many educational resources include free, online curricula and courses, and a textbook examining the US food system.

Contact: Meg Burke,


Sterling College

Studying Sustainable Food Systems at Sterling College in Vermont provides the tools necessary for shaping a more resilient food future.  You will learn to advocate for better food policy, improve food access and security, enhance public health, innovate as a food entrepreneur, and nourish yourself and your community while working and studying in the three living laboratories: the Sterling College Farm, Forest, and Kitchen, experiencing the challenges and rewards in a values-driven, place-based food system. 

Contact: Harley Meyer,


Food Studies at Syracuse University Falk College

BS/MS/CAS:  Study the linkages between food systems and public health, sustainability, policy and governance, the political economy of food and urban/regional design and planning.  Your classroom might be our experiential food lab or the local community supported agriculture farm.  Coursework and research opportunities provide exposure to the complexity of domestic and international food policy and governance, food security, and much more.


Tufts University, Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, Agriculture, Food, and Environment Program

The Agriculture, Food and Environment (AFE) program fuses the disciplines of nutrition, agricultural science, environmental studies, and public policy. AFE students learn to evaluate the ecological, political, economic and social aspects of food production and distribution. This program aims to educate future food systems leaders by providing rigorous training, an ethic of social change, and an intellectual community generating visions and models of alternative systems.

Contact: Richard Moyer,

University of Maryland Eastern Shore

University of Maryland Eastern Shore, located on 745 acres in Princess Anne, Maryland, United States, is part of the University System of Maryland. UMES is a historically black university, as well as an 1890 Historically Black Land-Grant University



University of Rhode Island

The interdisciplinary Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems undergraduate program at the University of Rhode Island provides students with the skills and knowledge needed to contribute to the sustainable development, production, harvesting, management, and utilization of terrestrial and aquatic microorganisms, plants and animals by society locally and globally.

Contact: Dr. Gomez-Chiarri,