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Program details and sample curriculum

The Community Economic Development major prepares students to work with local, state, or federal government as well as non-governmental organizations in managing issues related to improving economic conditions in rural areas.

Topics include rural job creation, labor markets, growth-agriculture conflicts, and land-use management.

Sample curriculum

TOTAL Credits = 120 credits
Undergraduate Catalog Course Descriptions

  • Fall Semester: AAEC 1005, ENGL 1105, MATH 1025, Pathways 2 class, Pathways 4 class = 15 credits
  • Spring Semester: AAEC 1006, AAEC 2434, ENGL 1106, Pathways 4 class, Pathways 2 class = 15 credits
  • Fall Semester: AAEC 3015 (1 credit), GEOG 2084, ACIS 2115, COMM 2004, Pathways 6-Design class, Pathways 7 class = 16 credits
  • Spring Semester: AAEC 3004, AAEC 3324, Pathways 5F class, Minor/Area of Specialization class, Pathways 6-Arts class = 15 credits
  • Fall Semester: STAT 3615, AAEC 3204, AAEC elective, Minor/Area of Specialization class, Free elective = 15 credits
  • Spring Semester: AAEC 3024, AAEC 3014, ENGL 3774, AAEC 3604 or AAEC 3314, Free elective = 15 credits
  • Fall Semester: AAEC 4324, AAEC 3424, AAEC elective, Minor/Area of Specialization class, Minor/Area of Specialization class = 15 credits
  • Spring Semester: AAEC 4314, AAEC elective, Minor/Area of Specialization class, Minor/Area of Specialization class, Free elective (2 credits) = 14 credits

You will learn the following key skill sets from this major

  1. Economic analysis
  2. Community impact assessments
  3. Geographic informational analysis

Potential careers

  1. Extension agent
  2. Community engagement officer
  3. Economic developer
  4. Community and tourism assessor
  5. Community financial specialist 

A highlight of companies who hire our graduates

  • American Farm Bureau Federation
  • CropLife America
  • Delta Air Lines
  • Department of Labor
  • Harvard University
  • Georgetown University
  • IBM
  • John Deere Company
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • KPMG
  • National Corn Growers Association
  • Norfolk Southern
  • Northrop Grumman
  • Syngenta
  • U.S. Government, and more...