Undergraduate Options

Rural Sociology offers a rural sociology minor and participates in the general agriculture major and the environmental studies certificate.

Rural Sociology Minor

Rural sociology offers a minor of 15 credit hours, which allows students to gain a broad knowledge base from which to develop insights and understanding of the social world.

Please contact the department's undergraduate adviser chair, Caroline Brock, if you would like additional information or wish to plan your coursework for earning a minor.

To officially declare a minor, you must complete the CAFNR Designated Minor Form.

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Emphasis Areas

The minor in rural sociology offers three emphasis areas:

  • The agriculture, food and environment emphasis prepares students for work in nongovernmental, private and governmental organizations at the local, state, national and international levels where knowledge of environmental, agricultural and food systems is desired.

  • The rural studies emphasis prepares pre-medical and pre-veterinary students, and others who are planning to work in rural communities with an understanding of the culture, economies, and issues found in nongovernmental, private or governmental organizations at the local, state, national or international level, and prepares them to live, work and make a contribution to community life in a rural community.

  • The community and social change studies emphasis equips students with knowledge of community-change processes and program-evaluation skills for work in policy organizations.

Area of Concentration in Agriculture Major

The agriculture major offers students in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR) the flexibility of developing a program of study that covers a wide range of areas. Students select a primary concentration area from programs offered throughout the college. Secondary concentration areas broaden students' horizons, enabling them to be proficient in many different areas.

The general agriculture program's flexibility allows students transferring from other colleges and universities to complete the educational requirements and acquire their degrees efficiently. Students may design their program so rural sociology is their primary area of study or may designate rural sociology as a secondary area of expertise they wish to develop.

Bachelor of Arts in International Studies

The Bachelor of Arts special-degree program in international studies is a multidisciplinary program offered through the College of Arts and Science in cooperation with CAFNR and the College of Business and Public Administration. The degree offers a broad course of liberal-arts studies with a strong intercultural and international focus.

Designed to accommodate pre-professional interests and to provide a sound foundation for more advanced study at the graduate level, the degree might be especially attractive for students planning to pursue careers in college teaching, international business, trade, diplomacy, international law, agribusiness, agricultural development, technical assistance, humanitarian relief or similar fields.

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