“I love the flexibility of a degree in agricultural economics. Many careers interest me, and this degree allows me to wrap my class schedule around what is best for me. The faculty have been very helpful and are fully invested in me and my time here at K-State.”
A major in agricultural economics provides a broad educational foundation. You will study economic principles that guide business behavior and coordinate economic activities in society while learning about issues and opportunities in agriculture and industry. Academic experience, combined with extracurricular activities, will help you gain the communication, analytical thinking, problem-solving, and leadership skills needed to compete in today’s food and agriculture-related industries.
Agricultural Economics students graduate from K-State with the skills and experiences employers’ desire. Along with above average starting salaries, our graduates have a wide variety of career fields to choose from:
Agricultural Law, Business Consulting, Commodity Brokerage/Trading, Economic Analysis, Entrepreneurship, Farming & Ranching, Finance & Insurance, Government Service, Management, Natural Resources and Veterinary Medicine
The Agricultural Economics degree program is your starting point on a path to a number of different careers, which is why we’ve designed our major to be flexible while giving you the best grasp on emerging issues facing professionals across agriculture. Students have the choice of the following degree options:
Specialty: This option allows you to uniquely create a degree suited to your interests. Students have combined Agricultural Economics with Political Science, Nutrition, Journalism, Accounting, Grain Science, Animal Science, Agronomy, Spanish, and more. Additionally, the following pre-built custom specialties are available:
Natural Resources: For students who want to focus on the economic issues surrounding our natural resources, this option is a good match. The conservation of the environment is an increasingly important area that individuals, businesses, and government entities want to understand and utilize. Courses in this 15-hour secondary major include resource management and conservation.
Pre-Veterinary: Veterinary schools are increasingly selective of the students they admit. This option gives students a strong foundation in both the science requirements of vet school, as well as the business skills needed to be a doctor, manager, and consultant in a veterinary practice.
Pre-Law: Law school admission 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 adviser 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 a great opportunity for students who desire 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, you will be well prepared for graduate or doctoral level studies or for work as an economic analyst or consultant.