Bachelor of Arts in Rural Studies
Concentration: Writing and Communication
The Writing and Communications track of the Rural Studies major 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. The track 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 track 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.