Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems

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Address the environmental, social and economic challenges and opportunities associated with agricultural and food systems sustainability.

Students majoring in Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems (SA&FS) focus on the social, economic and environmental aspects of food and agriculture - from farm to table and beyond.  The program is designed to help students obtain a diversity of knowledge and skills, both in the classroom and through personal experiences both on and off campus.

The program

The major includes several innovative features designed to help students acquire the knowledge, skills, and understanding need to develop and work in more ecologically, economically and socially viable food and farming systems. 

These include: 

  • Interdisciplinary Breadth: Integrating natural and social science knowledge and skills
  • Systems Thinking:  Understanding connections among diverse components of farming and food systems, social institutions, and the environment. 
  • Skill Development:  Gaining practical skills including communication, analysis, problem solving, critical thinking, teamwork and leadership 
  • Experiential Learning:  Engaging in wide range of practical experiences in agricultural and food systems through laboratories, field exercises, internships and other means. 
  • Linking the Real World with Classroom:  Bringing practitioners into the classroom, sending students into the field, and discussing and analyzing these experiences.
  • Community Building:  Being part of community that includes students, faculty, internship sponsors, and others enhances learning and reflects the reality of life after school.


  • Agriculture and Ecology
  • Food and Society
  • Economics and Policy

Career options

  • Ag Policy Analyst
  • Agribusiness
  • Agricultural Developer
  • Agricultural Production
  • Economic Policy Analyst
  • Educator
  • Food Systems Management
  • Government Executive and Legislator
  • Herd Management
  • Organic Farmer
  • Permaculture Specialist
  • Rural and Urban Community Service
  • Small Farm Consultant

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