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Food Studies, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #561 (QS) , NY,
The New School offers a bachelor’s degree in Food Studies that draws on a range of disciplines to explore the connections between local and global food systems, the natural environment, culture, and social policy. Partnerships with advocacy organizations and culinary schools provide opportunities to enrich the academic program with hands-on experience.


Explore the connections between food, culture, social policy, and the environment in the bachelor's degree program in food studies at The New School.

The Food Studies BA/BS degree is offered through The New School's Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students. Led by our expert faculty, you'll explore subjects ranging from food-growing practices and food marketing to global food security and public health issues like obesity and malnutrition. Partnerships with advocacy organizations and culinary schools enable you to supplement your classroom learning with hands-on experience.

Drawing on a number of disciplines, including anthropology, economics, gastronomy, systems design, and public policy analysis, the program prepares you to implement positive changes in food systems by engaging with processes of production, distribution, consumption, and regulation.

A mobility agreement with the International Culinary Center (ICC) in New York City enables ICC students admitted to the bachelor’s program to receive transfer credits for their ICC studies and allows New School students to take ICC courses.

New York City is your laboratory for learning, providing unmatched opportunities to explore contemporary food issues. The city has one of the largest wholesale food markets in the nation and is headquarters to numerous NGOs with interests in food, health, and the environment. Here, civic action groups and policymakers work directly with local food producers and food advocates.

The New School also connects you to a network of students from around the world through a wide range of food studies courses offered online. These courses are open to all students in the Bachelor's Program for Adults and Transfer Students, as well as continuing education students on a credit or noncredit basis.

Career Opportunities

The degree in food studies is a pathway to careers and graduate study in food policy research and advocacy, environmentally sustainable agriculture, urban policy analysis and management, food marketing and distribution, public relations, and business administration for governments, NGOs, culinary journalism, and food and culinary businesses.


The New School has been accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education since 1960.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Food Studies
  • One Course in Food and Culture
  • American Culinary History: From the Erie Canal to the Food Network
  • Food and the Senses: An Exploration of Embodied Knowledge
  • One Course in Health and Environment
  • Food and the Environment
  • The Science of Food, Flavor, and Farming
  • One Course in Policy and Politics
  • Policy Tools for Food System Change
  • Contemporary Food Controversies

English Language Requirements

You only need to take one of these language tests:

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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Academic Requirements

General Requirements

  • All applicants are required to apply online.
  •  Save your work frequently and print a copy for your records. You must complete all required fields and uploads prior to submission.Any additional supporting documents that need to be sent by mail must include an Application Materials Cover Sheet. 

Electronic Transcripts (U.S./Domestic Institutions only): The New School accepts electronic transcripts only from our approved vendors. The New School’s approved vendors, in order of preference, are

  • Naviance
  • Parchment Exchange
  • SCRIP-SAFE International
  • National Student Clearinghouse

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1640 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1640 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    1640 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1640 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for New York City

  • 1819 - 3970 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


The New School maintains an extensive program of scholarships and grants-in-aid based on academic merit and demonstrated financial need. Awards are usually made as part of the admission process. Institutional scholarships may be combined with government supported grants and loans in a single financial aid package. Scholarships and grants are normally applied to tuition costs. They can range from several hundred dollars to full tuition and do not require repayment.

Scholarships may be reduced or canceled if requested applications and verification documents are not received by the stated deadlines. Need-based scholarships do not automatically renew for the same amount in subsequent years. Changes in need calculations, late FAFSA submission, or refusal of a subsidized student loan may result in a modified award.
Undergraduate Students
  • U.S. citizens and permanent residents must file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for a financial aid package.
  • International students in the NSPE undergraduate program or a Parsons AAS program must file the Undergraduate International Student Scholarship Applications to be considered for financial aid.
  • There is no separate aid application for other international undergraduates.
All undergraduate students are considered for scholarships based on their academic merit. Availability of institutional merit-based scholarships varies according to academic program. Students who file FAFSA or the Undergraduate International Student Scholarship Application will be considered for institutional scholarships based on merit and demonstrated financial need. U.S. citizens and eligible residents may qualify for U.S. government and New York State fellowships and grants based on merit and financial need.

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