Ag and rural policy curriculum

In the ag and rural policy degree, students will learn about the social and policy dimensions of agriculture, and about strategies to promote rural resiliency and community vitality. The major will train students to engage with diverse audiences to discuss controversial issues, to promote public-private partnerships, and to lead and manage policy programs. The goal is to give students the tools to help rural people and places thrive in the 21st century.

Specific career skills include:

  • Understanding connections between agriculture, the environment, and rural communities
  • Understanding linkages between local, national, and international agricultural systems
  • Investigating how social, economic, and cultural systems affect decisions
  • Analyzing information and recommending solutions to guide decisions
  • Evaluating program and policy outcomes
  • Communicating information and ideas to others to guide decisions
  • Leading and managing policy programs
  • Promoting civic engagement across diverse people and places

Advising Worksheets

Curriculum from ISU Catalog