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General Agriculture

Don Boggs, Associate Dean

Kevin Donnelly, Assistant Dean

Jackie McClaskey, Assistant Dean

Zelia Wiley, Assistant Dean


Contemporary citizenship in agriculture minor

This minor assists students in building the knowledge that they need to serve as active citizens in society and to understand the way our agricultural industry, rural areas, and global communities interact now and in the future. The minor focuses on agricultural policy and issues while encompassing ethics, personal development, and societal relationships in order to better understand the correlation between agriculture and rural and urban communities at the local, state, national, and global levels. These topics will encourage the citizenship development needed to sustain and build agriculture in the future and will also enhance understanding of the effects of agriculture on society as a whole.

The minor requires the completion of 18 credit hours. The minor requires one foundation course, two ethical and societal relationships courses, and two policy and issues courses. In addition, GENAG 450 Citizenship and Ethics in Agriculture, a capstone course, is to be taken during the junior or senior year of the program of study.

Foundation courses (3-4 hrs)
AGEC 120Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness
ASI 102Principles of Animal Science
FDSCI 302Introduction to Food Science
AGRON 220Crop Science
FOR 375Introduction to Natural Resource Management
HORT 201Principles of Horticultural Science
Ethical and societal relationships (6 hrs)
ANTH 511Cultural Ecology and Economy
ANTH 524Immigrant America
BIOL 303Ecology of Environmental Problems
BIOL 310Bioethics
BIOL 433Wildlife and Fisheries Conservation
ECON 527Environmental Economics
ECON 681International Economics
GEOG 340Geography of Natural Resources
GEOG 718Geography of Public Lands
GEOG 720Geography of Land Use
GEOG 730World Agricultural Systems
GEOG 760Human Impact on the Environment
HIST 557History of American Agriculture
LAR 322Environmental Issues and Ethics
PHILO 130Introduction to Moral Philosophy
PHILO 135Introduction to Social-Political Philosophy
PHILO 390Business Ethics
POLSC 321Kansas Politics and Government
POLSC 619Comparative Agricultural Politics and Policy
SOCIO 533Rural Sociology
SPCH 470Rhetoric of Community Building
Policy and issues (6 hrs)
ASI 303History and Attitudes of Animal Use
AGEC 410Agricultural Policy
AGEC 415The Global Agricultural Economy, Hunger, and Poverty
AGEC 516Agricultural Law and Economics
AGEC 610Current Agriculture and Natural Resource Policy Issues
AGRON 335Environmental Quality
AGRON/  PLPTH 610Biotechnology
ASI 595Contemporary Issues in Animal Science and Agriculture
ATM 661Water and Waste in the Environment
ENTOM 301Insects and People
FOR 285Forest Resource Management
Capstone course (3 hrs)
GENAG 450Citizenship and Ethics in Agriculture

Students must complete a “declaration of intent” form describing their plan to fulfill the course work requirements for the minor. The form will be submitted to and approved by the Office of Agriculture Academic Programs.

International agriculture minor

Experiential learning through international study and travel broadens horizons and increases understanding of global issues by allowing students to examine different agricultural systems, the global marketplace, and the role of social values in food consumption patterns. This minor will add value to undergraduate degree programs, enhance employment opportunities with multinational corporations, and prepare students to function in diverse communities.

The minor requires completion of 16 credit hours. The program is open only to majors in the College of Agriculture. It consists of one foundation course, a foreign language, an international experience, and a capstone seminar. Students are required to complete at least two semesters of university-level foreign language courses. The international experience may consist of a travel study course, study abroad, community service, or internship. Academic credit can be granted for international experiences.

Foundation course (3 hours)
GENAG 200Topics: Kansas Agriculture in the Global Society.
AGEC 415The Global Agricultural Economy, Hunger, and Poverty.
Foreign language courses (10 hours)
Students must complete or quiz out of two semesters of one foreign language.
International experience (2 hours)
GENAG 505Comparative Agriculture or departmental internship, problems, or topic course.
Capstone seminar (1 hour)
GENAG 780Seminar in International Agriculture

Elective courses

Students are encouraged to select elective courses in agriculture, social science, and humanities areas and/or free electives that complement their study of the region or country selected as the focus of their program.

Students must complete a “declaration of intent” form describing their plan to fulfill the course work, language, and international experience requirements for the minor. The form will be submitted to and approved by the Office of Agriculture Academic Programs.

General agriculture courses

GENAG 101. Ag Orientation. (1) I. Objectives, organization, and procedures of the College of Agriculture and the university are studied. Historical developments and projected trends in agriculture and the application of basic sciences to agriculture are presented. Required of freshmen in agriculture.

GENAG 200. Topics in Agriculture. (0-3) On sufficient demand. Selected issues in agriculture. May be repeated with change in topics.

GENAG 295. Introduction to the Honors Program. (0-1) II. Lectures and tours designed to introduce new honors students to a variety of current research projects and activities on campus and to stimulate ideas for future honors student projects. One hour lec. a week. Pr.: Acceptance into the College of Agriculture honors program.

GENAG 390. Agricultural Employment. (1) I, II. Assists the agriculture student in developing a career blueprint; understanding job markets and techniques to obtain employment including recruitment/placement services, resume construction, personal interviewing, and job offer evaluation and analysis; and monitoring involved in career planning.

GENAG 395. Honors Project Topic Development. (0-1) I, II. Activities and projects designed to help associate members of the College of Agriculture honors program explore current research issues, develop individual honors project topics, and identify potential faculty mentors. One hour lec. a week. Pr.: Sophomore standing and acceptance into the honors program.

GENAG 396. Honors Proposal and Reseach Methods. (0-1) I, II. Students work with a faculty mentor to prepare an individual honors project proposal. Class presentations focus on techniques for conducting honors projects including design of experiments and surveys, research methods, safety and compliance issues, and tips for presenting results. Pr.: Sophomore standing and acceptance into the honors program.

University General Education courseGENAG 450. Citizenship and Ethics in Agriculture. (3) II. The study of agriculture's relationship with society while encompassing ethics and personal development. Current controversial issues and multidimensional policy topics facing the agricultural industry will be explored with an emphasis on moral and philosophical debates. Issues regarding professional ethics and decision making will also be an emphasis. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: Junior or senior standing.

University General Education courseGENAG 495. Agriculture Honors Seminar. (Var., 0-3) I, II. Seminars treat topics relevant to students participating in the Collge of Agriculture honors program. Pr.: Sophomore standing and acceptance into the honors program.

Undergraduate and graduate credit

GENAG 505. Comparative Agriculture. (1-4) Intersession. A travel-study program which is intended to acquaint students with agriculture of other countries and other parts of the U.S. and how it differs from Midwest-Great Plains agriculture relative to climate, crops, soils, livestock practices, marketing, and cultural attitudes toward agriculture. Pr.: Consent of instructor.

GENAG 515. Honors Presentation. (1) I, II, S. Presentation of completed teaching or extension activity, research project, or demonstration project. Pr.: Successfully completed honors proposal and permission of honors advisor.

University General Education courseGENAG 582. Natural Resources/Environmental Sciences Project (NRES). (3) I, II. A comprehensive project in NRES. Requires integration of information and understanding acquired in NRES secondary major courses. Students must prepare and present written and oral reports. Three hours rec. a week. Pr.: All writing and oral communications courses required for major. Pr. or conc.: 15 hours of approved courses in NRES secondary major. Cross-listed with DAS 582 and DEN 582.

GENAG 780. Current Topics in Agriculture. (1-3) On sufficient demand. Selected topics studied to provide an in-depth understanding of current agricultural issues. May be repeated with change in topics.

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