- Food politics: Develop regulations for the production, control, inspection, distribution and consumption of food as part of a government agency.
- Agroecology: Promote the development and implementation of sustainable and eco-friendly practices for food production.
- Food security: Advocate to ensure everyone has access to safe, affordable, nutritious, and satisfying food.
- Food Business: Manage commercial food operations in a sustainable manner.
After delving into classes at Syracuse dealing with how nutrition affects the body, I found myself interested in the social, economic and political aspects of food as well.
Social justice principles are at the foundation of programs in exercise science, food studies, human development and family science, marriage and family therapy, public health, nutrition, social work, sport analytics and sport management. Academics, service learning projects, internships, research opportunities, immersion travel and clubs connected to our majors prepare students for careers to make a difference in the communities where they will live and work.
CoursesCore coursework covers agroecology, food safety, gastronomy, nutrition and research methods. Sample courses include:
- Nutrition in Health
- Food, Identity, and Power
- Farm to Fork
- Food Enterprise Management
- Feeding the City: Urban Food Systems
- Emergency Feeding Systems
- Human Right to Food and Nutrition
Practical ExperienceIn addition to coursework, the food studies program offers research and field experiences that help students explore and understand the extensive food industry.
- Get involved in campus food choices and arrange guest speakers to promote sustainable food systems as a member of The Slow Food Club.
- Gain experience working on an urban farm at the local Southwest Community Farm.
- Participate in the James Beard Empire State Feast Event in NYC.
- Intern at local farms, food distributors, food manufacturers, local secondary schools and retail outlets such as the Central New York (CNY) Regional Market, the CNY Food Bank, and the Syracuse Real Food Coop, among others.
Study AbroadBroaden your perspective and enhance your resume with a study abroad experience during your college years. Consistently ranked among the top 25 international education providers in the U.S., Syracuse Abroad has more than 100 programs in 60 countries.
Life After Syracuse UniversityWith a degree in food studies, you can pursue careers such as:
- Community educator/organizer
- Cooperative extension coordinator
- Food Policy specialist
- Food logistics coordinator
- Food procurement director
- Food production manager