DASS professor continues CAFNR tradition of being part of SEC Academic Leadership Development Program Secretary Vilsack Announces Appointment of Karla Thieman as USDA Chief of Staff Mumford Hall to get new landscaping designed by CAFNR students Kaitlin Flick's family has called CAFNR home for many years Will Write for Food: Italian edition blog Maggie Hardwick is named CAFNR's Outstanding Senior Spring 2015 DASS Wins Big at Celebration of Excellence Awards

Division of Applied Social Sciences


Special Feature
Students blog from the World Food Prize

As Heard on Insight: Good Intention, Bad Communication

CAFNR professor addresses issues of behavioral economics through…

Outstanding Award

Spencer Hoagland honored as CAFNR's Outstanding Senior

A United Cause

CAFNR administrator joins UN-sponsored advisory board to improve…

A Global Impact

CAFNR is helping develop master's programs for Moscow State University…

Spreading the Word

USAID senior advisor uses role of USDA first lady to raise America's…

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The Division of Applied Social Sciences (DASS) is one of six academic units within the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR). DASS is home to the following academic program areas:

In addition, DASS houses several centers, institutes and programs:

Our division's purpose is to develop and empower decision makers who can manage the global food and natural resource systems and lead rural communities. Our mission is to be the leading institution in outreach-driven education and research that integrates science-based information into public and private decision making.

While much of our focus is on issues of concern to Missouri, we do work that directly affects national policy. We also are involved internationally on a significant scale.