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Program of Study

The Food Studies core builds a platform for an integrated understanding of the political, commercial, and cultural forces that impact how we produce, distribute, and consume our food.

Hydroponic Gardening - Food Studies - Loyola University New Orleans​FOST A205: Introduction to Food Studies

This course is designed to give students an overview of important contemporary issues in food studies, and a taste of a variety of ways to approach those issues. We will study the social, economic, psychological, and cultural impacts of food and cooking, in homes, schools, and professions, and the social contexts for our relationships with food.

FOST A210: Foundations in Food Systems and Commerce

How can we understand the system that brings food from the field to the plate? What characterizes our current food system? What alternatives have existed in the past and might exist in the future? This course will examine these questions, using a variety of investigative tools to better understand food systems and commerce.

FOST A211: Foundations in Food Culture

This course examines the cultures of food, exploring how people use food to define themselves as individuals, groups, and societies, and how cultural concerns shape food. The course investigates the meaning and significance of food in different cultures, and how race, ethnicity gender, socioeconomic status and religion influence food choices.

FOST A212: Foundations in Food Policy

Foundations in Food Policy addresses normative questions about food policy: how should we make decisions about our food system?; and descriptive questions about food policy: How do we make these decisions, in practice? The course looks at food policy through the perspectives of its stakeholders to investigate what food policy is and what it does.

In addition to the foundations-level courses, all Food Studies students enroll in ENGL N222: Thinking Critically About Food, along with a Food in Society elective and four major electives that draw from disciplines around the University. Food Studies majors may also fulfill major elective requirements through study abroad.


Food Studies Related Study-Abroad Options

Australian Catholic University

Offers courses in Nutrition Science

Università Cattolica Del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy

Offers these courses:

  • Italian Cuisine and Language Course Lab: A First Step to Becoming an Italian “Master Chef”
  • The Discovery of Italy through its Culinary Traditions 

Universiteit Van Amsterdam, Netherlands

Offers a program in Food and Natural Resources

Massey University, New Zealand

Offers courses in Food Technology, and offers a summer program called National Expedition and Internship in Agriculture and Environment

Loyola Study Abroad: Faculty-Led Summer in India

Courses *may* count toward the Loyola Core or General Elective


Additional food studies related exchange programs are also available. A maximum of two Major Elective requirements may be satisfied through study abroad with the approval of your advisor and the program chair. For more information, please visit Loyola’s Center for International Education


Food Studies Course Information

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