Photo: Passion Puddle in Spring.

Agriculture and Food System Learning Goals

Students in the Agriculture and Food Systems Major will:

  1. Explain the basic human, socioeconomic, environmental and scientific dimensions of agricultural production and of the American food system.
  2. Evaluate the diversity of agricultural production paradigms, including sustainable agriculture, across multiple scales and geographies (from home to community to industrial scales), and be able to defend and critique each using a variety of frameworks which address economic, environmental and social justice impacts.
  3. Apply a systems approach to analyzing and interpreting contemporary food and agricultural issues, opportunities, threats, and trends.
  4. Demonstrate effective oral and written communication skills as well as the ability to work in teams.
  5. Apply their knowledge, research skills, critical thinking skills, as well as qualitative and quantitative skills to solve problems, to engage in an applied experiential internship or practicum opportunities, or to plan a new business or social enterprise within the agricultural and food systems sector.
  6. Develop specialized knowledge and skills in at least one area of inquiry within the agriculture and food systems.