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Food Studies, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #561 (QS) New York City, NY, United States
The Food Studies program of The New School offers students a bachelor's degree and/or an associate in applied science (AAS) degree in Food Studies.
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The Food Studies program of The New School is open to adults, transfer students, and other nontraditional undergraduates. Explore the connections between food, culture, social policy, and the environment as you enter or advance your career in the food sector. Led by our expert faculty, explore subjects ranging from food systems and food media to global food security and public health issues like obesity and malnutrition.

Interdisciplinary Curriculum

The BA/BS in Food Studies fosters students' intellectual and practical engagement with urgent social and cultural issues ranging from food deserts to childhood obesity, from the presence of immigrants in U.S. food production to food security. The AAS in Food Studies is designed for students looking to enter the job market in the food sector, professionals in the food and hospitality industry, and student chefs who want to integrate their existing skills with a deeper knowledge of cultural, social, and environmental issues connected to food.

Career Paths

A degree in food studies prepares you to begin or advance your career in the food sector, including food policy research and advocacy, environmentally sustainable agriculture, urban policy analysis and management, food marketing and distribution, food media, public relations, business administration for governments and NGOs, culinary journalism, and food and culinary businesses. AAS students can also proceed to earn a BA or BS in Food Studies or a related discipline at The New School.

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:

  • Contemporary Food Controversies
  • Introduction to Food Studies
  • Introduction to Food Design
  • American Culinary History: From the Erie Canal to the Food Network
  • Drinking History: Fifteen Beverages That Shaped America
  • The Sweet and the Bitter

English Language Requirements

  • 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.

  • 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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General Requirements

  • Applicants are required to apply online using The New School's Online Application
  • Application fees are $50 for all U.S. domestic applicants and $75 for first-year international applicants
  • Transcripts
  • Essays
  • Résumé
  • Interview
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Portfolio for Riggio Honors Program
  • The New School does not require submission of SAT or ACT scores
  • TOEFL, IELTS, PTE & Duolingo Test Information

Tuition Fee

  • International

    1335 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1335 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    1335 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 1335 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

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