Minor in Rural Studies

Career Enhancement

The rural sociology minor with emphasis in rural studies is an excellent foundation for a career path in medicine or veterinary science, or in business or social services professions that may involve living and working in nongovernmental, private or governmental organizations at the local, state, national or international level.

The minor in rural studies provides students with knowledge of sociological concepts and the skills and ability to apply their knowledge to understanding the cultures, economies, social relationships, and issues of rural America.

Students will also 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 way, giving them the capability of understanding and working very effectively in organizations that serve rural communities and in community decision making.

The minor not only prepares students to have a detailed knowledge of rural people and places but to be able to make a meaningful contribution to community betterment.

Substantive Knowledge

The rural sociology minor with emphasis in rural studies provides students with an understanding of the processes and global context of social and economic change impacting rural America. Demographic changes, changes in the health care, educational, and business sectors and the impacts of these changes on rural populations are part of the knowledge base students will acquire.


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