“As an agricultural economics major I have an overview of how the agriculture sector works from a business perspective with the ability to specialize. Guidance from faculty members with expertise in different disciplines has made me aware of endless opportunities.”
Agricultural economics provides a broad educational foundation. Students explore economic principles while learning about agricultural issues and opportunities. Academic experience, combined with extracurricular activities, help students gain the communication, analytical thinking, problem-solving, and leadership skills needed to compete in today’s food and agriculture industries.
Graduates develop the skills and experiences employers desire. They earn above average starting salaries and can choose from a wide variety of career fields including agricultural law, business consulting, commodity brokerage/trading, economic analysis, entrepreneurship, farming and ranching, finance and insurance, government service management, natural resources, and veterinary medicine.
An agricultural economics degree is the starting point for a number of careers. The major is designed to be flexible while giving students a grasp on emerging issues facing agriculture professionals. Students can choose one of the following degree options.
Specialty: This option allows students to create a degree tailored to their interests. Students have combined agricultural economics with political science, nutrition, journalism, accounting, grain science, animal science, agronomy, Spanish, and more. Additionally, the following specialties are available:
Natural Resources: This option is a good match for students who want to focus on economic issues involving natural resources. Environmental conservation is an area that individuals, businesses, and government entities want to understand. Courses in this 15-hour secondary major include resource management and conservation.
Pre-Veterinary: Veterinary schools are becoming more selective in the students they admit. This option gives students a strong foundation in science to meet vet school requirements, as well as the business skills needed to be doctors, managers, and consultants in a veterinary practice.
Pre-Law: Law school admissions committees look for breadth and depth in the curriculum of potential law students, and they value the diversity found in the agricultural economics major. Students in this option work with an advisor in agricultural economics and pre-law to make sure they gain the experiences necessary to enter and succeed in law school.
Farm Management: This is for students who want to apply management principles to a farm, ranch, or commercial feedlot. Courses in this option focus on agricultural economics, livestock and crop production, and agricultural technology.
Quantitative: Students with an interest in math and statistics, as well as agricultural economics, excel in this option. With these advanced skills, students will be prepared for graduate or doctoral level studies or for work as economic analysts or consultants.