The Community Economic Development option prepares students to work with local governments to manage issues related to improving economic conditions in rural areas. Topics include rural job creation, labor markets, growth-agriculture conflicts, and land-use management. Students in this option may also prepare for jobs in state and federal government or for non-governmental organizations that work on rural issues.
The Environmental Economics, Management, and Policy option builds upon the broader base of Applied Economic Management. Courses include the economics of resource use, planning, public policy, environmental economics, and political science. This training is needed to work with agencies and organizations that address problems of rural poverty, use of natural resources, and provision of public services to non-urban areas.
The International Trade and Development Option requires a multidisciplinary background to help prepare students for careers in the fast-growing areas of international trade and development. Students seek careers with corporations, the Peace Corps, private voluntary agencies, and national and international government agencies.