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Bachelor of Arts or Science in Rural Studies – Social and Community Development

The School of Human Sciences offers a program of study that lead to the B.A. or B. S. degrees in Rural Studies: Social and Community Development. The degree concentration builds 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.  The program 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.  The 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.

Students seeking to enter the Rural Studies program should consult with the Dean for the School of Human Sciences, and must have a 2.5 GPA and approximately 42 hours of collegiate credit.  Transfer students must meet transfer requirements for the College, which may differ from requirements for admission to the Bachelor program. Acceptance to ABAC does not guarantee acceptance into the Rural Studies program.


Concentration: Social & Community Development (Checksheet)

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BA Rural Studies 2 Year Plan of Study