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Sep 4, 2007 08:36 AM

Anyone gone through the NYU Food Studies program?

I was wondering if any ChowHounders had gone through the NYU food studies program:

It looks like a wonderful program but I've been unable to get in touch with anyone who has actually graduated from or attended the program itself. Given how much time schools spend on making themselves look prettyit's best to get the word from someone on the ground.

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  1. I had a friend who went through the food studies program as an undergrad with the intent of becoming a food photographer. It's been nearly 4 years since graduation and the degree has proved absolutely useless in landing a decent job in the industry -- at least one that can pay off the loans necessary to go to NYU.

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    1. re: JungMann

      Food photography is so significantly more focused on your photo portfolio than anything else- same reason why a degree in photojournalism is almost useless (note that I say almost). There's a lot one can do with a food studies degree, but applying it can be difficult since it's such a niche.

      1. re: jpschust

        I was wrong. She wanted to be a food stylist, which I suppose depends a lot on your artistic talent. Either way, her $120K degree in food hasn't helped her get a food-related job.

    2. I have been wondering this myself lately. List is on my list of programs for graduate study. I have also been looking into Cornell. Anyone know of any other or any opinions? The description of the NYU program is great.

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      1. re: WNCfoodie

        Boston U has the Masters of Gastronomy which is similar.

        1. re: WNCfoodie

          Indiana University has just announced a PHD program in Food Anthropology any one who would like to see the announcement and details e-mail me and I'll forward it on

        2. There's a food blogger girl that I read sometimes that just graduated from the NYU food studies program. She posts infrequently on this board as Roboppy, her site is Try asknig her

          1. Hello,

            I graduated from the NYU Undergrad Food Studies Program about 5 years ago. You have to choose your concentration within this major (Dietetics, Food & Restaurant Management & Food Studies.) I have to say that I loved the program because it is very comprehensive. You learn EVERYTHING about food. Nutrition, agriculture, food science, hands on cooking classes, food safety & sanitation - think of something related to food and you will find it on the curriculum. Some of the courses vary of course based on the concentration you choose. I chose Food & Restaurant management because it seemed the most practical, and at the time I had fantasies of owning a restaurant (these fantasies have since died... never to be thought of again.) Also, the thought of learning biochemistry and working in hospitals (to become a dietician) scared me. Food Studies was a little too general for me. If you plan on on becoming a food historian, food writer or food studies professor, then maybe that's for you, but i'm not sure how you get one of those jobs. I'm sure you are wondering what I do now with this degree. I am currently in charge of production for a relatively new chocolate company. I have to add that I attended culinary school for Pastry Arts after graduating NYU because I really had no idea what to do with myself. My pastry training obviously landed me the job I currently have, but my nutrition and food studies background helped as well.
            I'm not sure I would recommend this program for graduate studies. A lot of my undergrad classes had many graduate it seems they were learning the same things we were. I chose NYU over the other colleges I was accepted to mainly because they offered me a scholarship. We all know it is an expensive school, so if you are not going to receive financial aid, I wouldn't recommend it. I am from nyc, and I was going to college one way or another and all I was really interested in was food (all I am interested in today), so this worked for me. Hope this helped in some way!

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            1. re: bklynatheart

              This thread is very helpful from someone who was considering going there for grad school! Thanks for the review!

              1. re: bklynatheart

                Hi I am an undergrad student from South Korea interested in getting a master's degree in food studies. Is there any way I could contact you?

              2. One of my nephews is presently an undergrad in an NYU program, Food & Restaurant Management, I believe and so far I've only heard good things. He sometimes posts on CH. I'll have to tell him to drop in here.