The Rural Studies Program is a one of a kind interdisciplinary degree program. There are four different concentrations underneath Rural Studies: Politics and Modern Culture, Social and Community Development, Writing and Communications, Business and Economic Development.
These concentrations build upon the basic knowledge, skills, and values provided by the College Core Curriculum while preparing students for a wide range of careers as well as for graduate study in numerous fields. The interdisciplinary degree addresses the social, demographic, political, and cultural aspects of rural development and prepares students to identify needs and to offer workable solutions for issues of the changing rural landscape.
Each area 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.
School of Human Sciences:
Social and Community Development- prepares students for work in government, non-profit, and private sector organizations that deal with rural issues, such as Habitat for Humanity, AmericCorps, the Southern Rural Development Center and also with Main Street programs and others of similar nature; or be ready to enter professions or graduate school programs in areas such as rural sociology, global studies, law, and others.
School of Liberal Arts:
Politics and Modern Cultures and Writing and Communication- prepares students to contribute to and maintain the vitality of rural areas either through your own work in these communities or by serving as a liaison to the government offices or corporate institutions that make policy for and decisions regarding rural areas. Regardless of the concentration, students move from theory to practice in classes that allow you to work in real-world settings. These concentrations also prepare you for graduate school in English, Political Science, History, or Law School.
Stafford School of Business:
Business and Economic Development- prepares students for a wide range of careers as well as for graduate study in numerous fields. The interdisciplinary degrees address the social, business, economic, demographic, political and cultural aspects of the development of businesses, rural economies, and communities in North America and prepare students to identify needs and opportunities in both public and private sectors and to offer workable solutions for issues of the changing rural landscape. The program prepares students to start their own businesses; grow family businesses; work in private sector businesses, government entities, and non-profit entities. The program also prepares students for graduate school programs whether in business or more social public sector studies.