Master of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy

Established in collaboration with Jacques Pépin and Julia Child, the Master of Liberal Arts (MLA) in Gastronomy is a unique, multidisciplinary program that encompasses the arts, the humanities, and the natural and social sciences. Students in the program examine the role of food in historical and contemporary societies from a variety of perspectives, gaining a holistic view of the impact of food, food science, and nutrition on world civilization.

The Gastronomy Program promotes scholarship about food by drawing from the diverse resources and expertise of a variety of Boston University faculty members, academic departments, visiting faculty, and industry professionals. The program offers special emphasis on experiential learning and sensory training through hands-on culinary arts laboratories and wine studies courses. The interplay of reading, research, and writing about food, as well as exploring food through the senses, offers exceptional range and depth to food studies at Boston University.

Students who complete the master’s degree in Gastronomy will be able to demonstrate:

  • Advanced knowledge of social theory applicable to the study of food.
  • An ability to critically analyze current and foundational issues in food studies and food systems.
  • Proficiency in qualitative and quantitative methodologies for interdisciplinary food studies research.
  • Competence in the written and oral presentation of complex ideas and arguments in scholarly and professional contexts.

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