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Rural Studies Programs

 

The degrees within Rural Studies are offered through the School of Arts and Sciences. They are designed to make students more marketable and work-ready by combining traditional classroom instruction with internships, mentored research, and study abroad opportunities.
 
Rural Studies is an evolving field concerned with understanding the historical and existing experience of rural life in all its aspects. Although rural life has been studied for decades, the current developments in the field arise out of a need to understand how rural and urban communities interact with each other. Moving away from predictable concepts of organization, Rural Studies seeks to promote critical thinking about how both rural and urban communities are interlinked, both locally and globally. ABAC’s Rural Studies programs seek to operate across broad areas of interest, from social inequality and policy-making to terrorism and environmental issues with the goal to improve the communities we call home.

Each degree emphasizes the importance of critical thinking skills, encourages an appreciation of diverse cultural perspectives, and develops a greater understanding of the issues particular to the rural environment to provide an avenue of self-knowledge, cultural understanding, and social responsibility.

 RS Extended Course descriptions Spring 2018

Rural Community Development

ABAC Catalog 2017-2018*

The Rural Community Development  degree is an  interdisciplinary degree focusing on equipping students with the skills and abilities to create positive change in the social, economic, political, and cultural aspects of rural communities. The programs emphasize critical thinking skills, cultural understanding, and social responsibility and provides opportunities for hands-on learning and internships. Students are prepared to pursue a variety of career paths in community planning, nonprofits, public administration, governmental agencies, chambers of commerce, and agencies serving individuals and families or for graduate study in psychology, sociology, and human services among others. The Rural Community Development degree has two tracks, Community Health and Social and Community Development.

The Community Health track prepares individuals for roles as health and wellness professionals in private business, industry, community organizations, and health care settings. The track prepares graduates to serve a critical need in the newly emerging health-related fields demanded by the evolving healthcare system in rural areas. The program is designed for students who are interested in working in the health care industry, but not in delivering direct patient care as clinical practitioners.

The Social and Community Development track seeks to enable students to identify, examine, and propose answers to problems and challenges that affect community partners within the rural landscape. The Social and Community Development track prepares students to work in both private and public sector jobs such as United Way, Chamber of Commerce and Main Street programs.


History and Government

 ABAC Catalog-2017-2018*

The History and Government degree prepares students for work in government, non-profit, and private sector organizations that deal with rural issues, such as Habitat for Humanity, the University of Georgia (UGA) extension service, the Southern Rural Development Center, Main Street programs, and others of similar nature; for work in museums and archives; or be ready to enter graduate school programs in areas such as historic preservation, global studies, journalism, law, and others. The History and Government degree emphasizes critical thinking skills, encourages an appreciation of diverse cultural perspectives, and develops a greater understanding of the issues particular to the rural environment to provide an avenue of self-knowledge, cultural understanding, and social responsibility.

Writing and Communication

 ABAC Catalog-2017-2018*


The Writing and Communication degree addresses issues related to identifying the rural audience and shaping and publishing materials for that audience in meaningful ways. It emphasizes the social and cultural aspects of rural development and prepares students to identify needs and to offer workable solutions for issues of the changing rural landscape. This degree prepares students for work in public and private sector communications departments such as government agencies, hospitals, non-profit organizations, businesses that deal with rural issues or operate in a rural setting, and others of similar nature; or be ready to enter graduate school programs in areas such as writing, communication, journalism, law, and others. The Writing and Communication degree emphasizes critical thinking skills, encourages an appreciation of diverse cultural perspectives, and develops a greater understanding of the issues particular to the rural environment to provide an avenue of self-knowledge, cultural understanding, and social responsibility

Agricultural Communication

 ABAC Catalog-2017-2018*


The Agricultural Communication degree prepares students to work in ag-related agencies and enterprises that focus on production agriculture, such as farm broadcasting, agricultural chemical sales, agricultural publications related to specific or broad-based agricultural specialties and to serve as communication specialists or public relations agents for agricultural commodity organizations, businesses, or non-profits. It also prepares students to enter graduate school in Agricultural Communication.

 

Rural Studies Internships

Archived Fall 2017 Rural Studies Extended Course Descriptions

Archived Spring 2017 Rural Studies Extended Course Descriptions

* Current and prospective students should see an academic adviser for the most current information.

Study Abroad

Students travel to rural India with a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating and empowering children in America and India by sharing their cultures and daily lives through photography.

Internships

Jessie VanDeVelde recently interned with Roxie Price at the UGA Extension Office in Tifton, GA