Be part of an unprecedented program when you sign up to study EcoGastronomy at the University of New Hampshire (UNH).
What is EcoGastronomy?
The EcoGastronomy program at UNH is the first of its kind in the U.S.; the program is a dual major and a collaboration between the College of Life Sciences and Agriculture with the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics and the Sustainability Institute.
EcoGastronomy students will study the interaction between humans and food and the effect this relationship has on the environment. The goal of the program is to promote healthier and more sustainable food practices and reduce the impact food production has on the environment. As the world’s population continues to grow, UNH EcoGastronomy graduates will be uniquely suited to help governments and businesses create sustainable food practices.
A Unique Experience
The EcoGastronomy dual major provides students with a diverse educational experience in sustainable agriculture, hospitality management and nutrition. The program has three central tenets: interdisciplinary, international and experiential knowledge.
From growing and preparing food to getting first-hand experience in international food cultures and issues of food security, the program provides students with an integrated academic experience.
Students will learn about these issues in class and develop the skills they need by working in the field growing food and in the kitchen preparing food. All of this experience culminates in a final capstone project before graduation.
Classes students have to look forward to include:
- Introduction to EcoGastronomy
- Sustainable and Organic Food Production
- Nutrition in Health and Well Being
- Introduction to Food and Beverage Management
- Senior EcoGastronomy Capstone
Eat (and Study) Your Way Across the World
All EcoGastronomy students are required to spend a semester abroad as part of their studies. Students will travel to Ascoli Piceno, Italy or Dijon, France to learn about food production and sustainability issues unique to the respective regions.
Students will take a full course load (in English) while touring local food production sites specializing in wine, olive oil, pasta, cheese and much more. This immersive semester abroad will help students to experience new foods, new ways of producing food and even enable them to acquire a new language.
Find a Tasty Career for Yourself
Besides the hands-on experience and international studies, the EcoGastronomy program provides other resources to help students pursue fulfilling careers after graduation. One of these resources is the UNH Organic Garden Club, which offers students internships as well as research and volunteer activities.
After an exciting undergraduate experience, students can pursue careers in the following fields:
- Catering and restaurant industry
- Farm or greenhouse management
- Food policy
- Food service
- Nutrition and health assessment
- Wholesale and retail marketing
Whether you have a green thumb, care about the future of the environment or just love to eat great food, the EcoGastronomy program can help set you up for a rewarding career. Get a taste of the EcoGastronomy program by visiting its website here and visit our UNH page to get started on your application!