Agricultural economics is an applied field of economics concerned with the application of economic theory in optimizing the production and distribution of food and fiber—a discipline known as agricultural economics.
As an agricultural economics major, you'll take classes that focus on economic and financial principles. Combined with agricultural science classes, these courses will help you analyze issues in agriculture, business, government, and many other areas. You'll gain skills in planning, evaluation, and management.
Check out the classes you'll take as an agricultural economics, general option major.
Why Agricultural Economics?
Agriculture needs people who can analyze and manage production, market, and financial risks. Whether on a farm or ranch, in the public or private sectors, or in law practice, an agricultural economics degree will prepare you to take on these challenges. Plus, a study by the United States Department of Agriculture and Purdue University found that in the next four years there will be 57,900 job openings per year for people with a bachelor's degree or higher and expertise in food, agriculture, renewable natural resources, or the environment.