Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology

To fully grasp and tap into the diversity and complexity of today's agriculture, graduates of Auburn's Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology department receive extensive training in the fields of business, agricultural science and biology. They learn how these principles influence the agricultural industry. Graduates are prepared for various careers in agribusiness, the financial sector or other private or government organizations.

Quick facts

Emphasis is placed on applied training in business management, marketing and finance with considerable hands-on experiences.  These experiences (inside and outside the classroom) lead to employment opportunities, not only in the agricultural sector but also in other non-agricultural businesses.

The evolving business structures that support the U.S. food system continue to be influenced by globalization and consolidation. Expertise needs will evolve and create a demand for graduates with excellent business skills, international understanding and leadership qualities. Graduates must deal with increasing market uncertainty, risk analysis, petroleum dependence, niche business opportunities and global food production and distribution systems. – Source: CSREES

Subjects studied

Students majoring in Agricultural Business and Economics take a variety of courses to prepare them to enter the many careers available in the business and agricultural industries.

During their first two years students take business courses such as Microeconomics, Financial Accounting, Macroeconomics, Managerial Accounting and Statistics, as well as other core courses that will provide the knowledge base necessary for the advanced Agricultural Economics classes.

As students progress through their four years they will take Agricultural Finance, Agribusiness Marketing, Agricultural Law, Resource Economics, Agricultural Business Management, Agricultural Policies and Trade, Farm Management and Agricultural Prices.

A number of professional and agricultural electives are available so students can tailor their education to fit their needs. Some students choose an emphasis in management, marketing and finance. Others choose to train in management and decision-making at the farm level, along with the technical aspects of production agriculture.

Students interested in the natural resources may choose to learn more about resource scarcity and environmental and rural development issues that have become critical. Public institutions that steward and safeguard our natural and human resources are primary employers in these areas.

Agricultural Business and Economics Curriculum Model


  • Food Broker
  • Banker
  • Market Analyst
  • Financial Analyst
  • Agricultural Statistician
  • Farm and Land Appraiser
  • Commodity Broker
  • Sales Representative
  • Resource Economist
  • Ag. Policy Analyst
  • Community Development Specialist
  • Attorney


  • Grain Companies
  • Commercial Banking Institutions
  • Cooperative Credit Institutions
  • Food Manufacturers
  • Commodity Brokers
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Federal, State and Local Agencies
  • Federal, State and Local Governments
  • Farm Supply Farms
  • Investment Firms
  • Private Business
  • Farm Organizations
  • Chemical Companies
  • Insurance Companies
  • Accounting Firms
  • Marketing Services


To learn more about Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology, contact Student Services or visit the Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology website.

Last Updated: May 14, 2013

Student Services | College of Agriculture | 103 Comer Hall | Auburn University | Auburn, Alabama 36849 | ☎ (334) 844-4768 | FAX (334) 844-2937 |
Privacy | Copyright ©