Starting Fall 2020: Bachelor’s Degree in Sustainable Food Systems

Story by JWU Media Relations , on Jan 15, 2020 3:32 PM

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A long-established leader in food education, JWU will introduce a new bachelor of science degree in Sustainable Foods Systems in the fall of 2020. The four-year program is an addition to JWU's undergraduate and graduate programs that have evolved since the university launched its culinary arts education in the 1970s. 

A signature of the university's academic programs has been its strong affiliation with industry that allows students the opportunity to work with professionals to solve authentic business challenges. The Sustainable Food Systems degree will serve as a platform for future practitioners and policymakers to develop sustainable solutions. Course titles include: "Cultivating Local Food Systems," "Growing for the Menu," "Politics of Food, Human Security & Social Justice," "Sustainability in the Culinary Kitchen" and "Health & the Harvest." The program will be available at JWU's Providence, R.I. in the fall of 2020, and at the North Miami, Fla., and Denver, Colo. campuses beginning in the fall of 2021.

"We have designed a hands-on, experiential curriculum that maintains the fundamental techniques and skills essential to working with and understanding food with the addition of relevant knowledge about food systems, food security, public health and policy," Branden Lewis, associate professor and academic lead for the new program, says. "This degree will forge new pathways to healthier eating, healthier societies and more sustainable food systems." 

About JWU
Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with approximately 13,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its four campuses in Providence, Rhode Island; North Miami, Florida; Denver, Colorado; and Charlotte, North Carolina. An innovative educational leader, the university offers degree programs in arts and sciences, business, culinary arts, design and engineering, education, health and wellness, hospitality, nutrition and physician assistant studies. Its unique model integrates arts and sciences and industry focused education with work experience and leadership opportunities, inspiring students to achieve professional success and lifelong personal and intellectual growth. The university’s impact is global, with alumni from 125 countries pursuing careers worldwide. For more information, visit

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This was updated June 8, 2020 to indicate program will be offered at the North Miami and Denver campuses beginning fall 2021.