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The International Agriculture and Rural Development (IARD) major is designed for students who are interested in tackling the unique and interdisciplinary issues associated with food systems and rural development in emerging nations. IARD majors have the opportunity to gain meaningful, in-situ experience by participating in projects and research all over the world. Students acquire valuable insight and skills while working within rural communities to: address poverty and hunger through innovations in agriculture, increase food security, advance science and policy related to sustainable development, and contribute to the economic development of emerging economies by strengthening private strategies and informing public policies.

This multidisciplinary major leads to a Bachelor of Science (BS) in Agriculture. The program does not limit students to courses of study in a particular area, but rather stresses the importance of breadth of knowledge and cross-disciplinary study. The program emphasizes flexibility and combines specialized knowledge from individual disciplines with a unique ability to approach problems from divergent perspectives.

All IARD students are exposed to the fundamental issues of international development and are required to choose an area for more intense study from one of three concentrations.


Post-Graduation Opportunities

  • Federal programs such as USAID and USDA
  • Positions with non-governmental organizations in developing countries to improve food security through advances in agricultural practices
  • Graduate work in environmental analysis, international affairs, education, and law
  • International consulting
  • Peace Corps
  • Private sector positions overseas