ABAC believes in investing in rural communities and the Department of Rural Studies drives that involvement and commitment. We offer both a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in rural studies with emphasis on Social and Community Development.
This interdisciplinary degree equips students with the skills necessary to create positive change in social, political, economic, and cultural aspects of rural communities. The program focuses on the importance of applying critical thinking skills, cultural understanding, and social responsibility to create change while providing numerous hands-on learning opportunities and internships. Graduates go on to work in a variety of fields including counseling and therapy, social work, community planning, public service, and family and child development.