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AT THE CORE OF THE BIG APPLE: EXPLORING OUR FOOD CULTURE IN NYC THROUGH THE CHEMISTRY OF FOOD AND COOKING
Ever wonder how the food culture in the United States evolved? Join this fascinating new 20-day study away program to experience the origins and current rich food culture of New York City while learning the chemistry behind food and cooking.
New York City is a true melting pot of food cultures; Little Italy, Chinatown, and Harlem are just a few of examples of neighborhoods established by peoples moving to this area during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Today evidence of old country food traditions and new food trends can be found on every street corner. During this program, we will explore the evolution of our food culture by living, eating, and cooking in NYC and studying the chemistry of food and cooking. With a home base in Brooklyn, we will familiarize ourselves with the amazing history of this borough while we delve into its immigration history. We will further explore the food culture of NYC via excursions into Manhattan and other boroughs through walking food tours and museum visits and we will learn and apply chemistry through cooking classes and experiences.
- Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island
- Tenement Museum and Multi-ethnic eating tour
- Museum of Food and Drink
- World Trade Center and Eataly
- Food tours: Chelsea Market and Little Italy/Chinatown
- Cooking Classes: Institute of Culinary Education (ICE) and Milk Bar
- Brooklyn Flea Market
- Two Broadway plays
Courses offered in this program will count towards General Education BELL Core lab-based science or Honors Science Analytics credit. For this trip you must take either the CEM 1950 or HON 2950 course. Online options of other General Education courses are available.
CEM 1950 or HON 2950
: Chemistry of Food and Cooking: At the Core of the Big Apple: Exploring our Food Culture in NYC
Our national food culture is an interesting beast, intermixing traditions and cultures from immigrants who moved here as well as the peoples who first inhabited this country. In order to begin to understand our food culture and food itself, we will use the melting pot of this country as our classroom. In this class we will learn the chemistry necessary to understand what actually occurs during food preparation and cooking while we read and explore the impact of immigration on food culture. Cooking experiences, tours, and food walking tours will frame our understanding of our food culture and food chemistry. Students’ final projects will explore their food heritage and apply chemistry learned.
ENG 3950: Third Year Writing (English 3010; satisfies BELL CORE requirement)
REL 3950: Religion Jr. Cornerstone (Path A or B; satisfies BELL CORE requirement)
INB 3950: (satisfies BBA Core Business requirement for International Business 3300)
1. Program Fee: $4,250:
The fee will include housing, museum, tour, and subway fares, group events, student health insurance.
Costs not covered by the program fee include:
round-trip airfare, transportation to/from airport, individual meals, non-Belmont outings, and other personal expenditures.
2. Belmont Tuition
Tuition is charged at the special study abroad tuition rate of 2/3 off the cost of normal maymester tuition. For every 3 hours of study abroad credit you register for, you pay for only one hour.
Program Deposit: $500 due at time of acceptance
Faculty-Led Application Process
Dates and Deadlines
All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines: online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date
How to Apply
- Spring Break Programs: November 15
- Maymester Programs: February 1
- Summer Programs: February 15
1. Please click the Apply Now button (found at the top-right of this page and/or at the bottom of this page) to apply.
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3. After logging in to your myBelmont account, if you are not re-directed back to Belmont Global, open a new window for Belmont Global to complete your application.
Kimberlee Entsminger, PhD
Department of Chemistry (CSM)
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