Academic Programs Catalog

College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences

Undergraduate Programs
Minor in International Agriculture

This minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs and is designed for students who have an interest in international agriculture. It seeks to increase student understanding of global agriculture, particular agriculture-related problems and issues in developing and developed nations, and issues related to sustainability and stewardship of the Earth. Students who complete this specialization will be prepared for effective employment in the arena of international agriculture and/or multinational firms.

The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources in cooperation with the Departments of Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics, Animal Science, Food Science and Human Nutrition, Forestry, Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences, and the College of Social Science in cooperation with the Department of Geography participate in the Minor in International Agriculture. The Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences is the primary administrative unit.

The student’s program of study for the specialization must be approved by the Department of Plant, Soil, and Microbial Sciences in advance and in writing. With the approval of the department that administer’s the student’s degree program, courses that are used to satisfy the requirements for the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree.

Requirements for the Minor in International Agriculture

The student must meet the requirements specified below:

1. Foreign Language (0 to 8 credits)  
  Complete the equivalent of one year of a foreign language. The requirement may be met by completing two semesters of a foreign language at MSU or by obtaining a sufficient score on the appropriate foreign language placement test to place into a 200-level course in that language.  
2. Study Abroad Experience (6 to 12 credits)  
  Complete at least one study abroad experience that has a minimum duration of five weeks or two experiences of shorter duration.  
3. Both of the following courses (4 credits):  
  CSS 294 Issues in International Agriculture 1
  CSS 431 International Agricultural Systems 3
4. One of the following courses (3 credits):  
  ABM 427 Global Agri-Food Industries and Markets 3
  ANR 250 Global Issues in Agriculture and Natural Resources 3
  ANS 480 Animal Systems in International Development 3
  EEP 260 World Food, Population and Poverty 3
  GEO 410 Geography of Food and Agriculture 3
  HNF 406 Global Foods and Culture 3