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Master of Arts in Food Studies in San Francisco

***University of the Pacific is no longer accepting applicants or new students for the Master of Arts in Food Studies program, which is scheduled to close in spring 2020.***

To explore food studies degree programs offered at other institutions, we encourage you to visit the Association for the Study of Food and Society website.

University of the Pacific offers more than 30 graduate and professional programs on its three campuses in Sacramento, San Francisco and Stockton or email. For more information, please visit the Graduate School website.

Pacific's Food Studies program was 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 prepared students for success in food-related professions, ranging from food writing, food history, advocacy, policymaking and consumer research to business-related pursuits. Courses and program activities took place at Pacific's state-of-the-art San Francisco campus in SoMa (South of Market).  

Course offerings represented many disciplines including Anthropology, History, Sociology, Literature, and Law, with emphasis on mastering research and writing skills. Courses in the Food Studies program systematically examined the many complexities of the modern food system, the ethical, environmental and health impact of how we grow, process, distribute, and consume food. Students explored 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 worked to develop exceptional proficiency in evaluating the social, economic, aesthetic and political factors informing food choice, production and consumption.

Our graduates are 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.