Gastronomy Master’s Degree Focus Area in Business & Entrepreneurship

The Master of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy focus area in Business & Entrepreneurship is ideal for students who are interested in pursuing a career that joins food and commerce. Courses in this focus area develop the managerial, financial, marketing, and gastronomic skills needed for a successful career.

Degree Requirements

A total of 40 credits is required. Students must complete the core courses, focus area requirements, and electives.

Required Core Courses

(16 credits)

MET ML 622 History of Food
Fall ‘14

The scope of the course will be global, covering civilizations of Asia, America, Africa, and Europe and how cultures of these domesticated unique staples, which literally enabled these civilizations to expand and flourish. The course will cover history of the interaction of humans with food resources from earliest hunting and gathering societies to the present. The major theme of the course will be the process of globalization, imperialism and the growth of capitalist enterprise and the cost of indigenous cultures and traditional farming practices and how these processes were shaped by trade in food. Online/blended course, face-to-face meetings TBA.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
EL IND Albala FLR 133 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET ML 641 Anthropology of Food
Fall ‘14

What can food tell us about human culture and social organization? Food offers us many opportunities to explore the ways in which humans go about their daily lives from breaking bread at the family table, haggling over the price of meat at the market to worrying about having enough to eat. Food can also tell us about larger social organizations and global interconnections through products like Spam that are traded around the globe and the ways in which a fruit like the tomato transformed the culinary culture of European nations. In this course we will consider how the Anthropology of Food has developed as a subfield of Cultural Anthropology. We will also look at the various methodologies and theoretical frameworks used by anthropologists to study food and culture. 4 cr.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Rovner CGS 423 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET ML 701 Introduction to Gastronomy: Theory and Methodology
Fall ‘14

This course is designed to introduce students to current and foundational issues in food studies and gastronomy. Through this focus on central topics, students will engage directly in the interdisciplinary method that is central to food studies. Each week will introduce a unique view of the holistic approach that is central to a liberal arts approach to studying food and a new research technique will be presented and put into practice through the readings and course exercises. This course will give Gastronomy students a better understanding of the field as a whole. While providing an overview and methodological toolbox, it will act as a springboard in to areas of specialization of the course. 4 cr.  [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Metheny FLR 123 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET ML 715 Food and the Senses
Fall ‘14

This course is an interdisciplinary exploration of the sensory foundations and implications of food. We will study the senses as physical and cultural phenomena, the evolving concepts of terroir and craft, human nutritional and behavioral science, sensory perception and function, and the sensory and scientific aspects of food preparation and consumption. Understanding these processes, constructions and theories is key to understanding a vast array of food-related topics; cheese-making, wine-tasting, fermentation, food preservation, culinary tools and methods, cravings and food avoidance, sustainability and terroir, to name just a few.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Palmer FLR 121 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Business & Entrepreneurship Focus Area Requirements

Select 8 credits in consultation with an advisor. Suggested courses may include:

MET AD 648 Ecommerce
Fall ‘14

Provides a detailed examination of how businesses can successfully use Internet and Web technology. Students are introduced to the concepts and issues of electronic commerce. Topics include comparison of e-commerce procedures, payment mechanisms, applications in different industry sectors, security, the challenges of starting and maintaining an electronic business site, as well as a comparison with traditional business practices.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
E2 IND Shahossini FLR 121 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
E3 IND Page FLR ARR W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
EL IND Chee FLR 123 T 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
MET AD 741 The Innovation Process: Developing New Products and Services
Fall ‘14

Addresses the specifics of new product and service development and fostering innovation and technology to increase performance. Topics include generating and screening initial ideas; assessing user needs and interests; forecasting results; launching, and improving products and programs; bringing innovation to commercial reality.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Unger SHA 202 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
D2 IND Unger FLR 123 R 12:30 pm – 3:30 pm
MET ML 692 Evaluating and Developing Markets for Cultural Tourism
Fall ‘14

Cultural tourism in the 21st century is more than the traditional passive activities of visiting a museum, hearing a concert or strolling down an historic street. It has become an active, dynamic branch of tourism in which half of all tourists have stated that they want some cultural activities during their vacation. In this course we will introduce various themes of cultural tourism including the relationship between the Tourist Industry and the Cultural Heritage Manager, conservation and preservation vs. utilization of a cultural asset, authenticity vs. commoditization, stakeholders and what should be their rights and obligations, tangible and intangible tourist assets, the role of government, private industry and the non-profit sectors in tourism planning and sustainable economic development. We will examine these themes in different areas of cultural tourism including the art industry, historical sites, cultural landmarks, special events and festivals, theme parks and gastronomy.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Mendlinger GCB 209 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Elective Courses

(16 credits)

Students may select from the Gastronomy electives listed, or choose approved electives from other schools and colleges at Boston University.

MET AD 670 Creative Multimedia: Tools, Design, and Application

Introduces creative aspects of Web design using application programs such as Flash and Rixio/Adobe Multimedia. Students will have an opportunity to develop applications that integrate text content with video, digital photographs, computer animation, and computer graphics for website enhancement. This course will also focus on the exploration of a range of issues such as principles of good Web design and use of multimedia/Flash in major business applications. Students will create projects that integrate digital media, digital sound, and computer animation for e-learning, e-commerce, and related application areas.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET ML 565 Food Marketing

This course will explore marketing and brand management for food products, components and ingredients in the restaurant and retail industries. Of particular interest will be the convergence of various parts of the food system and the erosion of conceptual distinctions regarding the source and nature of prepared foods. This will include the extension of retail brands into the restaurant channel and vice versa, as well as the supply chain for agricultural and manufactured products consumed in the restaurant channel. The course will cover strategic and tactical marketing issues related to food including new product development, manufacturing and production, packaging, pricing and distribution. It will also cover relevant topics in consumer behavior, such as connoisseurship. Some attention will be give to sustainability, including the marketing dynamics related to the slow and organic foods movements. 4 credits  [ 4 cr. ]

MET ML 589 Nature's Past: Histories of Environment and Society

Historians? approaches to environmental history, including human elements of technology, demography, local knowledge, political ecology, and social organization. Geographical foci include North America, Atlantic World, Asia, and Africa.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET ML 610 Special Topics in Gastronomy
Fall ‘14

ML610 is the designation for "Special Topics in Gastronomy". The subject matter for ML610 courses changes from semester to semester, and more than one ML610 can be offered in a given semester. Course descriptions for all ML610 sections are listed below. For more information, please contact the department Graduate Student Advisor.

Fall 2014 - MET ML610 A1 - "The Big, Fat Fat-Controversy" (Dr. Karen Pepper):
The word "fat" is charged with many meanings and associations. There is the biochemical entity called fat, the stuff that fills our adipose tissues. Fat, one of the macro-nutrients that constitute our food, is an ingredient in a myriad of dishes. Fat is associated with ill-health, particularly Type II diabetes. Fat gives shape to the human form, thus contributing to body image. Effort may be expended, via dieting and training, to eliminate bodily fat or reconfigure it as muscle. And fat represents different things in different cultures. This course will try to circle the girth of this amazingly rich subject.

Fall 2014 - MET ML610 C1 -"Food and Literature" (Dr. Maximillian Shrem):
The Invention of Modern-day Food Writing: Excursions into the Gastronomic Library from the 19th to 21st Centuries: Grounded in both literary and sociological approaches, the goals of the course are threefold: 1) study food and consumption as a literary device; 2) examine the semantic expansion of the term gourmand through literature (in other words, study the relationship between the culinary and literary fields from a sociological perspective); 3) trace the origins of gastronomic writing.

Fall 2014 - MET ML610 S1 - "Making Wine" (Bill Nesto):
Course meets off-campus at the Boston Winery Facility in Dorchester.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Pepper CAS 426 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
C1 IND Shrem FLR 133 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET ML 611 Archaeology of Food in Ancient Times

How people have obtained and processed a wide range of foods through time, beginning with early humans. Food used by hunter/gatherers; changes in diet and nutrition through time to early farmers. Examines archaeological evidence for types of plants and animals exploited for food, as well as human skeletal evidence for ancient nutrition and diseases related to diet and food stress. Consideration of early historical periods, especially in terms of how certain foods such as wine have played a significant role in culture beyond basic dietary needs.   [ 4 cr. ]

MET ML 612 Pots and Pans: Material Culture of Food

Exploration of the food cultures and technologies through material culture- pots, pans, and utensils. Course will range broadly across cultures, time, and space with emphasis on medieval and early modern times. Life histories of humble, overlooked, everyday objects associated with food preparation and consumption; kitchens from prehistory to the present; tradition and fashion in cooking & dining vessels; pots and cooking technology; pots as metaphors & symbols.   [ 4 cr. ]

MET ML 614 Philosophy of Food

"Tell me what you eat and I will tell you what you are."-- Anthelme Brillat-Savarin (1755-1826) In this course, we will use the tools of the philosopher to study various aspects of food--its classification, preparation, consumption, and judgments about the practices affected by it. The focus in this course will be how philosophers contribute to food studies through engagement with long-standing philosophical questions--not just in aesthetics, moral and political philosophy, but also in metaphysics and epistemology. Topics addressed in the class may include foods as natural (or non-natural) kinds; cultural knowledge, know-how and food traditions; eating and identity; eating, rationality and norms; vegetarianism and moral philosophy; and neuroscience, culture and taste.   [ 4 cr. ]

MET ML 621 Researching Food History

This research seminar in food history focuses on the markets and marketplaces over centuries and across a wide geographical area. The focus of this seminar is to hone students? research and writing skills. The broad general topic will allow students to pursue their own special research interest within a larger context while working with others engaged in similar research and writing challenges. By the end of the semester, students will have made a start on conference papers in the field of food studies and indentified potential venues for presenting their work. 4 cr  [ 4 cr. ]

MET ML 631 Culture and Cuisine: France

The association between France and fine cuisine seems so "natural." French society and history are intertwined with the culinary, and have been since the court society of the Old Regime. After the French Revolution, French cuisine became a truly modern affair in the public sphere. The invention of the restaurant, the practice of gastronomy, a literature of food, and strong links between French cuisine and national identity all came together in the 19th century. In the 19th and 20th centuries, French food, featuring both haute cuisine and regional culinary specialties, was widely considered the world?s best. In the 20th century, the culinary allure of France continued to fascinate people all over the world. It is still said today, enviously, that the French really know how to appreciate good food and wine "la bonne chère" in their daily lives. This course looks at how the history of French culinary culture evolved in the particular way that it did. The course is organized largely chronologically, but not entirely, as some of the readings weave issues of different times periods thematically. In studying culture and cuisine, with France as a great example, we will explore the relationship between a place, a people, and their foodways. We launch our investigation with the question: how and why is this relationship distinctive in France?   [ 4 cr. ]

MET ML 632 History of Wine

Understanding wine is impossible without knowing its rich and varied history. This course provides a survey of significant developments in the production, distribution, consumption and cultural uses of grape-based alcoholic beverages in the West. Topics include the role wine has played in the economy and culture of civilizations from the ancient Near East all the way through to its global impact in the 21st Century. We will focus in particular on wine as a religious symbol and a consumer beverage in the modern world.   [ 4 cr. ]

MET ML 633 Readings in Food History

A comparative perspective on issues of human subsistence through time. Changing patterns of nutrition and health, agricultural production, methods of coping with famine and organizing feasts, and origins and impact of culinary and dietary innovations.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET ML 638 Culture and Cuisine: New England
Fall ‘14

How are the foodways of New England?s inhabitants, past and present, intertwined with the history and culture of this region? In this course, students will have the opportunity to examine the cultural uses and meanings of foods and foodways in New England using historical, archaeological, oral, and material evidence. We will focus on key cultural, religious and political movements that have affected foodways in the region, as well as the movement of people.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Davis CAS B14 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET ML 639 Culture and Cuisine: Quebec

Moving beyond the stereotypes of poutine and maple syrup, this course will explore the rich contemporary and historical foodscapes of Quebec. The cuisine of this predominantly French-speaking area of Canada has been marked by the lasting legacies of French, British and a variety of immigrant cultures. The result is a combination of fascinating traditions and some of the most exciting new culinary trends in the Northeast--from iced cider to head-to-tail eating. This course will look at questions of identity politics, heritage preservation and the development of sustainable local food systems, as well as the everyday culture and life of this unique Canadian province. Offered in a blended format, class will meet once a month face-to-face and on-line before and after a weeklong trip to Quebec City, Montreal and surrounding rural areas. While in Quebec, students will have a chance to meet farmers, artisans and culinary professionals and engage in a number of hands-on activities.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET ML 642 Food Ethnography

This course explores what food ethnography is and how food ethnographers work. Students will learn about food ethnography by reading and discussing its methods and by practicing them. Students will write a research design for an ethnographic project on some aspect of Boston?s multifaceted alternative food system, carry out the research, analyze their data, and write up and orally present the results. Students will learn about and use the methods of participant observation, interviews, photography, food mapping, informant documentation, food logs, and others. They will learn about research ethics. They will pay particular attention to the ways that studying food culture presents unique methods and insights.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET ML 651 Fundamentals of Wine
Fall ‘14

For students without previous knowledge of wine, this introductory survey explores the world of wine through lectures, tastings, and assigned readings. By the end of this course, students will be able to 1). Exhibit fundamental knowledge of the principal categories of wine, including major grape varieties, wine styles, and regions; 2). Correctly taste and classify wine attributes; 3). Understand general principles of food and wine pairing; and 4). Comprehend the process of grape growing and winemaking. Open only to matriculated gastronomy students.  [ 2 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 IND Nesto FLR 122 M 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET ML 652 A Comprehensive Survey of Wine
Fall ‘14

Students passing this course will attain proficiency in the field of wine and associated alcoholic beverages. This intensive survey covers each of the world's most important geographical areas and includes comprehensive comparative tastings. The final examination includes a tasting as well as a written component.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Nesto FLR 122 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET ML 653 Mastering Wine: Skill Development
Fall ‘14

Provides students with mastery of the field of alcoholic beverages. The curriculum is divided into the following sections: viticulture, vinification, distillation and brewing; wine tasting, including blind tasting; the interaction of wine and food; and the business of wine. Examination covers tasting skills, factual information and essay writing. 4 credits, Wed. 6-9. FUL Room 122.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Nesto FLR 122 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET ML 654 The Wine Trade: Global, National and Local Perspectives
Fall ‘14

Gives students an in-depth understanding of issues confronting national wine industries and how these issues relate to the U.S. and local wine trade. Students develop understanding and professional skills by researching assigned topics, participating in teacher-led discussions, and tasting numerous wines under the guidance of instructors. Specialists in the wine trade visit to contribute their expertise and provide an interface to the trade. Students share independent research with classmates by giving presentations and researching relevant topics which highlight issues currently facing the wine industry. The format of this course requires students to do independent research, which may be presented in class and/or submitted in the form of an essay.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
D1 IND Nesto FLR 122 R 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET ML 671 Food and Visual Culture

An extensive historical exploration into prints, drawings, film, television, and photography relating to food in the United States and elsewhere. Examines how food images represent aesthetic concerns, social habits, demographics, domestic relations, and historical trends.   [ 4 cr. ]

MET ML 672 Special Topics: Art and Food

Focusing on the dialogue between gastronomy and art, from antiquity to the present, this seminar offers students the opportunity to research the work of artists who represented food, drink, harvest and hunger, the role of the decorative arts in dining and the relationship of national traditions of art and cuisine. Students test the validity of analogies that scholars have drawn between developments in the two areas of endeavor. Uncharted areas of affinity linking art and cuisine are explored. Providing an introduction to fundamental aspects of the art historical periods in question, the course is designed to accommodate students without previous formal study of art history. Those with prior experience in the discipline will be given new purchase on the art.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET ML 673 A Survey of Food in Film

We can all take pleasure in eating good food, but what about watching other people eat or cook food? This course will survey the history of food in film. It will pay particular attention to how food and foodways are depicted as expressions of culture, politics, and group or personal identity. We will watch a significant number of films, both fiction and non-fiction, classic and modern. A good portion of class time will also be given to discussing the readings in combination with hands-on, in-depth analysis of the films themselves.   [ 4 cr. ]

MET ML 681 Food Writing for the Media

Students will develop and improve food-writing skills through the study of journalistic ethics; advertising; scientific and technological matters; recipe writing; food criticism; anthropological and historical writing about food; food in fiction, magazines and newspapers. 4 cr  [ 4 cr. ]

MET ML 691 Nutrition and Diet: Why What You Eat Matters

This course is designed to introduce major concepts in nutrition and diet to students of food studies and other disciplines who have limited or no background in the biological sciences. The overarching goal is to develop a working understanding of the basic science of nutrition and apply this knowledge to personal health and professional settings. The course begins with the fundamentals of nutrition and diet, focusing on macro- and micronutrient intakes and needs throughout the life course. Food-based nutrition will also be discussed, alongside dietary guidelines, recommendations, and food labels. Moving from the individual level to the larger public health arena, we will also examine such topics as nutritional ecology, influences on dietary intakes, overnutrition, and undernutrition. A running theme throughout will be critiquing how diet and nutrition are treated in the media and press.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET ML 698 Laboratory in the Culinary Arts: Cooking

Exposes students to a craft-based understanding of the culinary arts from which to better understand how food and cuisine fit into the liberal arts and other disciplines and cultures. The course integrates personal experience and theory through discipline by training students in the classic and modern techniques and theories of food production, through cooking and working efficiently, effectively, and safely, and by introducing students to foods of various cultures and cuisines from around the world. Open only to matriculated gastronomy students. Cannot be taken in addition to ML 700. 4 cr  [ 4 cr. ]

MET ML 700 Culinary Arts Laboratory
Fall ‘14

Founded in 1989 by Julia Child and Jacques Pépin--who continues to teach in the program each semester--the Certificate Program in the Culinary Arts at Boston University's Metropolitan College is a unique course of study that introduces participants to the essential techniques, knowledge, and hands- on experience necessary to excel in the food industry.

The Laboratory in the Culinary Arts for Spring 2014, is an 8 credit course that meets Mondays through Thursdays, 10:30 until 6 pm, depending on evaluating your work and cleanup time. Morning class is usually a lecture, a food demonstration or a field trip. The afternoon session, which begins at 1 pm, sharp, is hands-on cooking. You will learn the cooking skills and techniques of France, the Americas, and Italy, as well as other ethnic techniques of food preparation. Tuition is $6,240 plus a $4,000 lab fee. The program is taught entirely by working chefs and industry professionals from Boston and beyond-- serving as an ideal entrée to hundreds of food-related careers, from culinary writing to restaurant management to working as a chef. Our skilled team of core instructors comprises esteemed local restaurant owners, chefs, and consultants, while our visiting instructors include renowned chefs and restaurateurs from around the nation.

Some of our faculty for Spring 2014 are: Jacques Pepin, John Vyhnanek, author, past owner of Harvard Street Grill, past executive chef at the Ritz Carlton Hotel, Boston, restaurant consultant; Jean Jacques Paimblanc, past executive chef Legal Sea Foods, Pavilion, Howard Johnsons, Panera Bread, Signature Breads; Janine Sciarappa, pastry chef; Chris Douglass, owner/chef Ashmont Grill, Tavolo, past owner Icarus; Jeremy Sewall, executive chef/co-owner Eastern Standard, Island Creek Oyster Bar and Grill, Lineage; Michael Leviton, executive chef/owner Lumiere, Area Four, Jeff Fournier, 51 Lincoln, Barry Maiden, Hungry Mother. The following instructors will have taught this semester either one or more times: Deborah Hansen, Taberna de Hara; Ihsan Gurdal, Formaggio Kitchen; Sam Huang, Super Fusion; Sandy Block; Master of Wine; Jim Dodge, world famous baker; Max Harvey, Jasper White's Summer Shack; Bess Emanuel, food consultant; Fabrizia Lanza, consultant and owner Anna Tasca Lanza Culinary School, Sicily; Nina Gallant, food photographer; Bill Nesto, Master of Wine; Irene Costello and Joan Mac Isaac, food product producers; Raymond Ost, chef/owner Sandrine's Restaurant; Joseph Polak, Rabbi and expert on Kosher foods, Boston University Hillel; Patrick Dubsky, owner Winestone and former sommelier; Jean --Claude Szurdak on French pastries; Sheryl Julian, food editor of the Boston Globe; Joseph Carlin, food historian; Priscilla Martel, baker; Mary Ann Esposito, expert on foods of Italy, Leo Romero, expert on culture and cuisine of Mexico, owner/chef Casa Romero; Jackson Cannon, mixologist and sommelier; Garrett Harker, owner Eastern Standard and Island Creek Oyster Bar and Grill; and many others.

This intensive, four-month Program in the Culinary Arts provides a strong foundation in classic French and modern cooking techniques, along with exposure to international cuisines. Under the tutelage of professional working chefs and food industry experts, you will engage in lectures and demonstrations, and acquire hands-on experience in our state-of-the-art laboratory kitchen--one of the finest in the country. From simple techniques to more difficult and complex preparations, you will develop valuable cooking skills through discipline and practice. The program also provides a broader understanding of the past, present, and future of the global food economy, and the principles of small- and large-scale food production.

There is no other course of this kind offered anywhere. It is a perfect fit to the interdisciplinary approach to food studies in the Gastronomy Program. Only 12 students are admitted into this course each semester. Lisa Falso is the exclusive supervisor for this program. She will guide you throughout the four-months. Students have access to our extensive collection of historic cookbooks, which includes seminal literature on gastronomy, cuisine, and wine studies.   [ 8 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
A1 LAB Alssid FLR 117 MTWR 10:30 am – 12:30 pm
A1 Alssid FLR 116 MTWR 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm
MET ML 704 Special Topics
Fall ‘14

Fall 2014 - MET ML704 C1 - Special Topic: "Beer & Spirits."
In this course we will explore the great variety of beer styles and spirit categories currently available and the role each plays in our culture. We will survey significant developments in the historical evolution, production, distribution, consumption and cultural usage of these alcoholic beverages in the US. We will taste beer and spirits extensively to demonstrate examples of the most important categories and classifications. 2 credits.

Fall 2014 - MET ML704 S1 - Special Topic: "Starting Your Own Food Business."
No matter what type of food business one wants to start, a plan and expert advice on how to go about it is necessary. The goal of this course is to introduce the fundamentals of food service business planning, focusing on restaurants, cafes, bistros and personal chef businesses. Topics from food safety to employee management to finances and operations will be covered by instructors experienced in many aspects of successful food businesses, along with guest speakers from the industry. The culmination of the course is a working business plan to aid the student in the realization of their concept. 2 credits.

  [ 2 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
C1 IND Block FLR 117 W 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
S1 IND Vyhnanek FLR 122 S 9:00 am – 1:00 pm
MET ML 705 Artisan Cheeses of the World

An in-depth exploration of the styles and production of cheeses from regions around the world, from their beginnings on the farm to the finished products at the table. 2 cr  [ 2 cr. ]

MET ML 706 Food and Gender

This course takes an anthropological, cross-cultural, and interdisciplinary approach to food and gender, looking at how masculinity and femininity are defined through beliefs and practices surrounding food and body. It explores theories of gender and methods for studying it and engages students in ethnographic research on gender and food.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET ML 707 Directed Study

Students may work with a full-time Boston University faculty member to complete a Directed Study project on a topic relevant to the program. These projects must be arranged with and approved by Gastronomy program coordinator.  [ Var cr. ]

MET ML 708 Directed Study

Prereq: consent of coordinator.   [ Var cr. ]

MET ML 711 The Many Meanings of Meat

There is perhaps no foodstuff more prized than meat, and there is none more problematic. Long associated with power, masculinity, vitality, and progress, meat is also linked to imperialism, sexism, speciesism, environmental collapse, foodborne disease, and chronic illness. In this comprehensive overview we will examine meat's many historical, economic, ecological, ethical, and nutritional dimensions. Coursework will include a wide variety of readings, online discussions, written assignments, field trips, and other experiential opportunities. 4 credits  [ 4 cr. ]

MET ML 712 The Sociology of Food and Labor

This course will bring a sociological perspective to the study of food and labor by exploring farming, farmers, and food production in the United States. Using an intersectional lens of class, race, gender, and sexuality, we will explore such questions as: How are social categories relevant to farming? What are the social and cultural narratives shaping our current understanding of farmers and farming? What is the relationship of this narrative to the recent upsurge of beginning farmers? How is food production influenced by, and influencing, social life? While much of the course reading is based in social science scholarship, material will include fiction, popular and visual media, memoir, and documentary film. Assignments include co-facilitation of one discussion, two short analytical papers, and a final paper/project.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET ML 713 Agricultural History

This course surveys the history of American agriculture from the colonial era to the present. It examines how farmers understood markets, made crop choices, adopted new technologies, developed political identities, and sought government assistance. Emphasis on the environmental, ideological, and institutional impact of farm modernization and industrialization.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET ML 714 Urban Agriculture

Growing food in urban contexts raises interesting questions about food access, nutrition education, perceptions of public spaces and the place of nature in the urban environment. This course focuses on urban agriculture in Boston and a number of case studies from around the globe. Students visit gardens, learn basic cultivation skills through hands-on activities, and study the social and cultural sides of urban agriculture, as well as the political and city planning aspects of urban agriculture projects. 4 cr.  [ 4 cr. ]

MET ML 720 Food Policy and Food Systems
Fall ‘14

This course presents frameworks and case studies that will advance participants' understandings of U.S. and global food systems and policies. Adopting food-systems and food-chain approaches, it provides historical, cultural, theoretical and practical perspectives on world food problems and patterns of dietary and nutritional change, so that participants acquire a working knowledge of the ecology and politics of world hunger and understand the evolution of global-to-local food systems and diets. Global overview of world food situations will be combined with more detailed national and local-level case studies and analysis that connect global to local food crisis and responses.   [ 4 cr. ]

Section Type Instructor Location Days Times
B1 IND Messer CAS 424 T 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
MET ML 721 US Food Policy and Culture

This course overviews the forces shaping U.S. food policies, cultural politics, diet, and nutrition situations in the twenty-first century. After reviewing the history of U.S. domestic food policy, course discussions consider globalization, new agricultural and food technologies, new nutrition knowledge, immigration, and "sustainable-food" ideology as drivers of American dietary and food-regulatory change. "Food systems," "food chains," and "dietary structure" provide the major analytical frameworks for tracing how food moves from farm to table, and the role of local through national government and non-government institutions in managing these food flows.   [ 4 cr. ]

MET ML 722 Studies in Food Activism

In this class students will explore the work of anthropologists and other social scientists on food activism citizens' efforts to promote social and economic justice through food practices and challenge the global corporate agrifood system. The class will explore diverse individual and collective forms of food activism including veganism, gleaning, farmers' markets, organic farming, fair trade, CSAs, buying groups, school gardens, anti-GMO movements, Slow Food, Via Campesina, and others. It will address the questions: what is food activism, what are its goals, what is working and not working, and what are the results?   [ 4 cr. ]

Master’s Thesis Option

Master’s Thesis and Master’s Project options are available for qualified students who have a GPA of 3.7 or higher, and can be arranged through the Gastronomy Program. Students must work under the supervision of a full-time BU faculty member with a terminal degree. The complete MET Master’s Thesis Policies and Procedures can be found on the For Students portion of the website.

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