Prospective Students

Thank you for your interest in AAEC! 

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

Personalized advising

At AAEC, you're not just a number - you're an integral part of the AAEC family! Our faculty and advisors know our students and help provide them with the resources and guidance to make the most of their educational opportunities at Virginia Tech. Advising in the department of agricultural and applied economics strives to give students a personalized and well-rounded college experience. 

Flexible Curriculum

AAEC's curriculum allows students to tailor their education to meet their educational and career goals, giving them the knowledge depth and breadth needed to succeed in today's economy.

"Areas of Specialization" allow students to hone in on an area of interest, which can be fulfilled 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 280 students and almost 30 professors, we have a low student to faculty ratio. Besides regular classes, professors work with students on individual research projects, through 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 Katie White.