Graduate Students

Courses in the Graduate and Professional Schools

Every year, courses in food and agriculture are offered across professional schools, notably the School of Public Health, the Law School, and the School of Forestry & Environmental Studies. Courses in nutrition and epidemiology at EPH, human rights and food policy at YLS, and industrial ecology and environmental policy at F&ES offer practical tools and applied case-studies with which to understand food systems problems. Entrepreneurial students will consult the course selection offerings at each school at the beginning of each semester — many graduate programs allow and encourage cross-school enrollment — but you can also follow our newsletter for updates on which courses are offered and where.

The Yale Sustainable Food Program also supports visiting faculty members at professional schools and graduate student efforts to bolster food- and agriculture-related curricula. Through the Yale Food System Symposium, graduate students put on a full-fledged conference to bring some of the best minds in food and agriculture to campus for engaged conversation. The YSFP has supported graduate student-led initiatives to bring visiting scholars to campus, like Olivier De Schutter, who taught two courses at Yale Law School in Fall 2016, including “The Legal and Political Economy of Hunger.” Finally, the Agrarian Studies Colloquium offers a vibrant series of speakers through their weekly meeting, which is open to members of the Graduate School community. 

Graduate Student Interest Groups

Yale Food Law Society

The Yale Food Law Society is the food interest group of the Yale Law School. Affectionately dubbed “FoodSoc,” the group has hosted speakers doing interesting legal work at the intersection of food, law, environment, and economic development, at all levels of government, and from the vantages of policy, litigation, communications, and legal clinic. FoodSoc also offers a social space for shared interest in food and agriculture, which has included trips to local orchards, and a combination-whiskey-tasting-and-introduction-to-administrative-law event. Reach out to Ruthie Lazenby or Eliza Pan for more information.

Coalition for Agriculture, Food, and Environment

CAFE is the hub of food and agriculture at F&ES. In addition to hosting hands-on workshops (kombucha, anyone?) and field trips (kabocha, anyone?), CAFE helps run the Yale Food Systems Symposium (YFSS) and advocates for food-based scholarship through course offerings at F&ES. Be in touch with Tasneem Islam or Emily Sigman for more information.

SOM Food and Wine Club

The SOM Food and Wine Club is the School of Management’s student interest group around food and agricultural topics. Past events have included a talk with a sustainable agriculture investor and a panel-introduction to food-and-ag startups coming out of Yale and its Entrepreneurial Institute. Contact Julian Gomez or Caitlin Tholstrup to get involved.

Seed to Salad

The Seed to Salad program is run by F&ES students who seek to embed themselves in environmental education work during their time at Yale. Seed to Salad brings second-graders from New Haven Public Schools to the farm to teach a plant science curriculum in educational and entertaining ways.