Comparative International Agriculture Minor

Comparative International Agriculture Minor

The minor provides students with opportunities to explore international agricultural concepts and practical experiences through global awareness coursework, cultural immersion via study or internship abroad, and through classroom learning about global issues in agriculture. The 27 credit hour curriculum prepares students for a wide range of international and domestic careers or graduate studies in international agriculture. Students examine current international agricultural issues, communication across cultures, and issues and trends in global agriculture. To be eligible to apply for this minor, students must have a cumulative 2.0 GPA or higher and be in good standing with Oregon State University. Students must also be in a declared major (may be outside of College of Agricultural Sciences).

Course Requirements: 

All 27 credits for the minor must be completed with a C or higher grade. Students can complete 12 to 18 upper division credits and a maximum of 14 lower division credits. Required coursework is as follows:

  • AGRI 438 Exploring World Agriculture (2 credits)

This course is required for all students in this minor. 

  • Global Core (9–12 credits) - Each course in the global core also satisfies a baccalaureate core requirement.  
    • ANTH 210. *Comparative Cultures (3 credits)                                                                 
    • ANTH 330. *Evolution of People, Technology, and Society (3 credits)                            
    • ANTH 486. Anthropology of Food (2-6 credits, students may only take this course once.)
    • AG 301. Ecosystem Science of Pacific NW Indians (3 credits)
    • FW 325. *Global Crises in Resource Ecology (3 credits)
    • GEO 105. *Geography of the Non-Western World (3 credits)
    • PHL 205. *Ethics (4 credits)
    • PS 205. *Introduction to International Relations (4 credits)
  • External Learning Experience (3-6 credits) You may select from the following courses. Projects and independent learning experiences in these courses require preapproval by the minor coordinator.
    • AG 401 Research (variable credit)
    • AG 402 Independent Studies (variable credit)
    • AG 406 Special Problems (variable credit)
    • AG 410 Internship (variable credit)                                  
  • Approved Electives (12 credits maximum) - Students may choose electives from the following areas of study in the College of Agricultural Sciences:  AEC Applied Ecomonics, AG General Agriculture, AGRI College of Agricultural Sciences, ANS Animal Sciences, BOT Botany and Plant Pathology, CSS Crop & Soil Science, CROP Crop Science, ENT Entomology, FST Food Science Technology, FW Fisheries and Wildlife, HORT Horticulture, RNG Rangeland Ecology & Management, SOIL Soil Science, SUS Sustainability, TOX Toxicolog
    *baccalaureate core
Learning Outcomes: 

Participants in this minor program are able to:

  1. Research the major agricultural themes and issues of another country or culture.
  2. Examine trade information to determine the key elements of agricultural trade agreements between the USA and another country.
  3. Analyze the effectiveness of agricultural practices of another nation besides the USA.
  4. Investigate the effect of broad social, economic, and environmental forces upon the agricultural industry of another country and culture.


Learn more: 

Application Procedures - To apply for this minor, please complete these steps:

Schedule a 30 minute appointment with the Lead Advisor to discuss your interest in the minor . You may also call for an appointment at 541-737-2661, or stop by 108 Strand Ag Hall to schedule your appointment in person.

Complete the minor application form online. Instructions for complete the form are here: (see attached form).

Comparative International Agriculture
Undergraduate Minor
Department of Agricultural Education and Agricultural Sciences
Class Location: 
Corvallis Campus