Prospective Students

Thank you for your interest in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics at Virginia Tech! 

The Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics offers students a diverse and flexible undergraduate curriculum, personalized advising, and experiential learning opportunities.

Personalized advising

You are not a number in Agricultural and Applied Economics. Our faculty and advisors know our students and help provide them make the most of their educational opportunities in the Department and at Virginia Tech. Advising in the AAEC department strives to give students a personalized and well-rounded college experience. 

Flexible Curriculum

An AAEC degree not only provides students with an excellent applied business and economic education, but students can pursue an interest in more depth or to develop an interdisciplinary background through something we call an “Area of Specialization”.  Students can fulfill the Area of Specialization in one of three ways:

  • A double major or dual degree
  • A minor in another department
  • 18 credit hours of classes specifically tailored to meet a student’s personal interests and career goals

Common double majors include Animal & Poultry Science, Horticulture, Real Estate, International Studies and Political Science, but the possibilities are limitless!

Career Options

Agricultural and Applied Economics provides students with the education and skills to pursue a wide variety of jobs in the private sector, government or nonprofit organizations. Many of our students go on to pursue advanced degrees in applied economics and business, professional schools (veterinary medicine) and law school.  We have excellent placement rates. 

Educational Environment

Ag & Applied Economics provides a small college atmosphere within a comprehensive land grant university.  At around 180 students and over 20 professors, we have a low student to faculty ratio. Besides regular classes, professors work with students on individual research projects, a commodity investment team, business consulting experiences, and professional competition teams.

Want to Learn More? Schedule to talk with our Academic Advisor or faculty member! Contact Frenda Haynie.