Why study ag policy at Iowa State?

  1. Innovative degree program!
    ISU has the only undergraduate degree in agriculture and rural policy in the nation!
  2. Flexibility to customize your degree!
    Our curriculum offers the flexibility to accommodate the special interests and needs of each student. A specialization area outside the major is required that allows students to double major or minor in agricultural business, political science, animal science or agronomy, or sustainability.
  3. Learning outside the classroom!
    Our major allows academic credit for internships and international travel experiences. Further, many of our courses are project based, where you work with rural communities and agricultural groups.
  4. High placement rate!
    96% of our graduates have jobs or are continuing their education within 6 months of getting their degree.
  5. Paid work with our faculty!
    Many students are hired by our faculty as paid research assistants. They work on agricultural and rural community projects funded by USDA. Students typically work 10-15 hours a week and are paid $20-25 per hour.
  6. Our major started in 1919!
    Our major has a long history at ISU, stretching back over 110 years. Read more about the history of our major.
  7. Excellent job networking!
    ISU has the largest Ag Career Day in the nation, allowing you to interact with representatives from a range of agricultural firms.
  8. Lots of alumni!
    ISU is the 2nd largest college of agriculture in the U.S. (IPEDS, U.S. Dept of Education)
  9. High quality education!
    ISU is ranked the 8th best college of agriculture in the nation. (Farms.com)
  10. You can study all aspects of agriculture!
    ISU is one on the most comprehensive colleges of agriculture in the nation. You can take classes in agricultural production, food and nutrition, environment and global agriculture, and the social sciences in agricultural economics, sociology, and history.