Minor in Agriculture, Food and Environment

Career Enhancement

The rural sociology minor is an excellent foundation for a wide range of career paths, including work in nongovernmental, private or governmental organizations at the local, state, national or international level.

The minor in agriculture, food and environment provides students with a working knowledge of sociological concepts and the skills and ability to apply their knowledge to understanding and shaping processes of social change in environmental, agricultural and food systems.

Students also will develop a better understanding of how key institutions within society work — knowledge that will help them in virtually any career.

Marketable Skills

Rural sociology students gain analytical skills and the ability to understand issues in an integrated and global perspective that makes them highly marketable for research, program evaluation, policy analysis, social service, volunteer organizing and organizational analysis positions.

The minor's program fosters the ability to think abstractly, ask appropriate questions, search for answers, analyze situations and data, organize material, write well, and make written and oral presentations that are sociologically informed.

Substantive Knowledge

The rural sociology minor provides students with an understanding of the processes and global context of social change, knowledge of other cultures and eras, and an appreciation of the interconnectedness of social life — all of which are important factors in the ability to participate as informed citizens of the global community.


  • Prerequisite of Rural Sociology 1000 or Sociology 1000
  • 12 hours in Rural Sociology
  • Nine hours at or above the 2000 level in Rural Sociology
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