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Department of Food Systems & Society

Food systems are at the heart of our societies, providing basic human needs, livelihoods and pleasure. In connecting culture, politics, environment, health and economy, contemporary food systems both embody and reveal problems and possibilities. If we're going to successfully resolve the many and diverse challenges facing our food system, it's essential to integrate theory, skills and practice. 

The Department of Food Systems & Society offers a master's degree program designed to increase broad understanding and practice of social justice, sustainability and change in the food system. Students who study with us will:

    • Study different visions and perspectives on food systems, deepening their understanding of how cultural and socioeconomic factors both constrain and enable food system improvement
    • Analyze how food system conditions developed and how they are addressed and portrayed through lenses of class, gender and race-ethnicity
    • Expand their skills in communication, leadership, critical thinking and research to enhance the work they are already doing or would like to pursue
    • Complete a research-based thesis that addresses social change in the food system

Led by chair Patricia Allen, an internationally recognized scholar in and advocate for sustainable food systems, the department's master's degree program is based on the philosophy that effective and lasting education engages us actively in knowledge creation.

Learn more about our MS in Food Systems & Society

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Kristy Athens, food systems & society student, will tour the state as part of the Oregon Humanities Conversation Project speaking on the impact of food choices in spring 2015.


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