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Master of Arts in Food Studies in San Francisco

University of the Pacific is pleased to announce the first Food Studies master's degree program on the West Coast, a course of study designed for working professionals with a career or personal interest in food and the ways that people grow, prepare and profit from it, historically and across cultures. The multidisciplinary program prepares students for success in food-related professions, ranging from food writing, food history, advocacy, policymaking and consumer research, to business-related pursuits. The program is offered at Pacific's new state-of-the-art campus in the SoMa (South of Market) district of San Francisco. Most classes take place in the evening and many students pursue the master's while working full-time.

Course offerings represent many disciplines including Anthropology, History, Sociology, Literature, and Law, with emphasis on mastering research and writing skills. Courses in the Food Studies program systematically examine the many complexities of the modern food system, the ethical, environmental and health impact of how we grow, process, distribute, and consume food. They explore the historical dimensions of how various cultures have obtained and processed food and beverages, why serious inequalities in access to food still prevail around the world, and the role food industries play in shaping the way we eat. Students will develop exceptional proficiency in evaluating the social, economic, aesthetic and political factors informing food choice, production and consumption.

The successful student will be equipped with the critical thinking and problem solving skills needed to pursue careers in, among others, the business or corporate world, with government agencies, NGOs, nonprofit and philanthropic organizations; with local, regional or national advocacy agencies; and for advanced work in academia.  

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