Food Studies Program

Global issues related to food – such as nutrition and health, agricultural sustainability, identity, policy, and access to markets – are among the most vital and imperative for humanity to grapple with, especially in the context of climate change, economic and geographic inequalities, and population growth. These issues are highly complex, because food is intimate, personal, and culturally meaningful to each individual on the planet. Food studies benefits from multiple disciplinary perspectives, including anthropology, psychology, sociology, economics, epidemiology, agronomy, biology, ecology, religious studies, culinary arts, philosophy, history, education, and communications.


The Food Studies Program provides a framework for students to leverage their time in college towards a meaningful and fulfilling career. Students will reflect on their experiences in the Food Studies Program to build a narrative of what they’ve learned and the skills that they have developed for entering the workforce or graduate study. This reflection will provide preparation for job interviews, internship and fellowship applications, grant writing, and graduate school.

Building a narrative about yourself as a student and entrant into the job market is difficult to do while taking classes full-time. However, this is an important aspect of your education that is often left to the very end of your time here, if done at all. The Food Studies Program will help you build your story and integrate what you’ve experienced during college – whether in the classroom or outside the classroom – to optimize what you do after college.

Apply to the Program

Any Allegheny student who has an interest in food studies — regardless of future career goals or major/minor combinations — may enroll in the Food Studies Program. Please use the link below to access the Food Studies Program Application.