The Rural Studies Program offers a one of a kind interdisciplinary bachelor’s degree with three concentration that prepare students for a wide range of careers as well as graduate study in many fields. The degree addresses the social, demographic, political, and cultural aspects of rural development and prepares students to identify needs and offer workable solutions for issues of the changing rural landscape. It provides an avenue of self-knowledge, cultural understanding, social responsibility and opportunities for hands-on learning.
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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
This concentration focuses on equipping students with the skills and abilities to create positive change in the social, economic, political, and cultural aspects of rural communities. Students are prepared to pursue a variety of career paths in community planning, non-profits, 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.
School of Liberal Arts
Politics and Modern Cultures
This concentration is unique and cutting edge. It prepare students to contribute to and maintain the vitality of rural area either through their own work in these communities or by serving as liaisons between government offices or corporate institutes and rural communities. Students are also prepared to enter a variety of graduate programs including history and political science.
Writing and Communication
This concentration prepares students with skills in multi-media design, message integrity, grant writing, and more. They enter the workforce in private industry and public agencies or continue in graduate programs.
This concentration prepares graduates to work in ag-related agencies and enterprises that focus on production agriculture or to enter graduate school.