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International Agricultural Development

College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences

  • Bachelor of Science

Are you interested in the ways that culture, economics and technology affect agriculture? Do you want to build your skills and knowledge to help produce and distribute food to the people of emerging economies? Students in the international agricultural development major learn about how to improve food production, nutrition, marketing and health in less technically advanced countries. Students in this major are trained in technical and societal areas of agriculture that can be applied to the problems of world hunger and health. 

Major Requirements

Depending on your personal interests and goals, you may choose one of two core tracks in the program. The social sciences core gives you a background in the social and cultural roots of hunger and poverty and prepares you to work with agencies and missions seeking to help hungry people. The natural sciences core prepares you to help make technological improvements to food production and distribution systems in less developed countries. At the upper division level, you'll further refine your specialization by taking courses to support your goals in agricultural production, economic development, environmental issues, rural communities or trade and development in agricultural commodities.

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Degree Outcomes


  • Agribusiness Manager
  • Community Organizer
  • Corporate Sustainability Officer
  • Economist
  • Educator
  • Farmer
  • International Aid Worker
  • International Development Practitioner

Graduate Study

  • International agricultural development
  • Horticulture and agronomy
  • Agricultural resource economics
  • Community regional development
  • Soils and biogeochemistry

Alumni Employers

  • Driscoll’s
  • Catholic Relief Services
  • International Fund for Agricultural Development
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Peace Corps
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