Chatham's Master of Arts in Food Studies in the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment emphasizes a holistic approach to food systems, from agriculture and food production to cuisines and consumption, providing intellectual and practical experience from field to table.

About the program

Holistic

Courses of study include agricultural and culinary history as well as sociological, cultural, political, economic, and geographic examinations of food production and consumption with four concentrations that span the food system, plus a dual degree M.A. in Food Studies + MBA opportunity.

Experiential

Eden Hall Campus and our hands-on curriculum bring learning to life. Students get involved with research opportunities with faculty and have placements with organizations during summer internships that provide real-world experience.

Connected

The Food Studies program thrives because of its involvement in the food and culinary community in both Pittsburgh and academia, which provide for community-based networks with excellent opportunities for research and involvement.

Tested

Chatham's students and alumni are making a difference in our region, across the country, and around the world. Our graduates are creating businesses and bettering communities from their experiences in the Food Studies program.

Concentrations

Food Politics

Food Politics

To understand the various forces at play to enact change on how and what we eat, knowledge of the social, political and cultural aspects of food is required. The concentration in Food Politics encompasses all sides of regulation, production, distribution, control, and consumption of food.
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Sample Class

FST 640: Sustainable Community Development
This course explores how people can engage in creating more sustainable communities on multiple scales, from local to regional. Students engage in practice-based research and projects.

Food Markets & Marketing

Food Markets & Marketing

A problem for many areas is access to quality food at a cost that is sustainable to both consumer and provider. The concentration in Food Markets & Marketing examines these issues to understand the influential factors and to help lessen problems like these that effect communities.
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M.A. Food Studies students develop ginger whiskey

Communications & Writing

Communications & Writing

Integral to promoting a sustainable and just food system is creating content about food and related issues like health and wellness. But to benefit society, a holisitic knowledge base driving the conversation is necessary. This concentration has been developed to do just that.
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Sample Class

FST 600: Oral History Intensive
This course allows students intensive experience conducting oral history. Students will produce three oral history interviews and participate in on-line and in-person discussions of technique, theory, and function.

Sustainable Agriculture

Sustainable Agriculture

The methods and technologies available to grow and produce healthy food are developing by the day. Education in sustainable agriculture can help solve problems like food access on a local scale and encourage communities to adopt healthier dietary practices.
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Eden Hall Farm Summer Recap

Food Studies + MBA

Food Studies + MBA Dual Degree

The Food Studies program, in partnership with Chatham's MBA program, has developed a dual degree offering that positions graduates for leadership in food, health, wellness, and sustainable business sectors. Learn more.

Falk School of Sustainability & Environment

In 2010, Chatham established what is now the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment, one of the earliest schools of its kind in the country, to provide leadership for overcoming sustainability challenges from the local level to a global scale. We recognized that the only way to ensure success in sustainability advancement was to offer programs of study built upon real-world learning and practice – the professional preparation needed to be difference makers for the world. Through the Falk School, students create impactful careers.

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Falk Summer Fellowship Program

Summer immersion work opportunities are important to our students' continued development as food studies professionals. To ensure that students can engage in a range of important initiatives, the Falk School has created the Summer Fellowship Program. As a Summer Fellow, students will be guaranteed up to $5,000 income for their summer placements. These opportunities may be either student acquired or come from one of the Falk School's developed placements with organizations working on various sustainable projects. The Falk Summer Fellowship program is competitive, with priority given to applicants who express a preference in international and/or community development contexts.

Depending on the project, students may receive some payment from the participating business or organization. Should those funds be less than $5,000, the Falk Summer Fellowship Program will cover the difference.

Current Fellows

  • Hana Uman, MA '15

    Hana Uman

    I have been interested in sustainability since as long as I can remember! I love nature and being outdoors, and protecting the environment is one of my strongest passions. Read more ▶

  • Emily Gallivan, MA '15

    Emily Gallivan

    I have been drawn to food for a long time and its presence in so many aspects of our lives. Thus, it's great to have the opportunity to study it more in-depth and from various points of view. Read more ▶

  • Shauna Kearns, MA '15

    Shauna Kearns

    I am from Toronto. I earned a Bachelor of Commerce with a minor in Physical Geography from McGill University. After graduating, I apprenticed at Tracebridge Sourdough in the UK. Read more ▶

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Food Access Course (FST509)

Alumna Profile: Shauna Kearns, MAFS '16

Alumna Profile: Dianne Shenk, MAFS '12

The Food Studies program is made for hands-on experience, as learning and doing are linked components in the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment. In addition to on-the-ground work-study opportunities (both on the farm and off) and assistantships with which students are involved in the program, students are required to work a summer placement in a professional setting following their first academic year. To ensure Food Studies students can realize this part of their educations, the Falk School's Summer Fellowship Program's generous stipends allow students to pursue these opportunities which ultimately save students money while they take on these valuable experiences.

Depending on the project, Falk Fellows may receive some payment from the participating business or organization. Should those funds be less than $5,000 the Falk Summer Fellowship Program will cover the difference up to that amount.

+$5000 Falk Summer Fellowship+3000 Falk Summer Fellowship+$1000 Falk Summer Fellowship

Current Fellows

  • Hana Uman, MA '15

    Hana Uman

    I have been interested in sustainability since as long as I can remember! I love nature and being outdoors, and protecting the environment is one of my strongest passions. Read more ▶

  • Emily Gallivan, MA '15

    Emily Gallivan

    I have been drawn to food for a long time and its presence in so many aspects of our lives. Thus, it's great to have the opportunity to study it more in-depth and from various points of view. Read more ▶

  • Shauna Kearns, MA '15

    Shauna Kearns

    I am from Toronto. I earned a Bachelor of Commerce with a minor in Physical Geography from McGill University. After graduating, I apprenticed at Tracebridge Sourdough in the UK. Read more ▶

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Eden Hall Fellows Scholarship Program

The Eden Hall Fellows program is open to all graduate students in the Falk School of Sustainability & Environment who can show they are committed to carrying on the legacy of Sebastian Mueller's achievements in business, social entrepreneurship, and commitment to improving the quality of life in our region.

Five new and five returning Falk School students are eligible for the scholarships on a yearly basis. Learn more »

Eden Hall Fellows Scholarship Programs

Assistantships and Work-Study

Students can save money off their educations, earn money, and gain valuable experiences with Assistantships and Work-Study opportunities through the Falk School and Chatham University. See examples of these opportunities »

 

Assistantships and Work-Study

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Eden Hall Campus Master Plan

Eden Hall Campus Master Plan

From the very beginning, the design of Eden Hall Campus was intended to be revolutionary. Each venue, classroom building, outdoor area, and residential space ensures full-campus sustainability and functions so that students don't just learn about sustainability, but live it every day. Review that full plan for Chatham's sustainable campus in the North Hills of Pittburgh. Download Master Plan ▶

A Brighter, Healthier Tomorrow

Eden Hall Campus | A Brighter, Healthier Tomorrow

There's a lot ongoing and planned for Eden Hall, and it all starts with our work in the sustainability field. Learn about Chatham's history of leadership in sustainability that has driven plans for our ultra-green Eden Hall Campus. Download Booklet ▶

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Partners in Sustainability

Pittsburgh's food, health, and sustainability infrastructure is growing. Chatham, the Falk School, and the Food Studies program partner with organizations across the region to better grow our collective abilities. See more ▶

Pittsburgh's Great American Comeback

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"The capacity of society to meet its current needs without compromising the ecological, social, and economic systems on which society will rely for meeting future needs."

– Definition of sustainability adopted by Chatham's Board of Trustees, October 2008

Sustainability Awards

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Chatham's Sustainability Transformation