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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.
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
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.
Last Updated: May 14, 2013