Chatham University

Chatham's M.A. 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.

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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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SAMPLE CLASS: FST 509

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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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SAMPLE CLASS: FST 526

Agriculture: Systems of Practice
Students explore alternative agriculture practices used in farm management and compare local alternatives such as "Certified Organic", "Permaculture", and "Biodynamic" practices.

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Eden Hall Campus

Located 20 minutes north of Pittsburgh, Chatham's Eden Hall Campus is the world's first academic community built from the ground up for sustainability. The grounds and infrastructure support research and learning around energy and climate; water and aquaculture; food and agriculture; community and health; and design and planning. Learn more at edenhall.chatham.edu »

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Resources

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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Trish Golla

Admissions

Trish Golla, Assistant Director of Graduate Admission
Falk School of Sustainability & Environment
Chatham University, Woodland Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15232
pgolla@chatham.edu • (412) 365-1386

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