College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Agricultural & Resource Economics

Resource and Agricultural Policy in Economic Development

Students in the minor in Resource and Agricultural Policy in Economic Development learn how economic analysis can be used to understand agricultural and resource issues in developing countries. Students examine the relationships between food supply, population and world hunger; and between agricultural development, population and the environment. They will investigate the importance of incentives in the exploitation of natural resources and how economics can help inform public policies in developing countries.  Students will address questions such as:  What population control policies have proven effective? What does economics have to tell us about how to achieve economic growth?  What are various approaches to water policy that may improve agricultural productivity in developing countries? This minor is open to students of all majors, with the usual stipulation that no more than six credits can be used to meet requirements of a major and of a minor.

The minor requires 15 credits. Please choose five courses from the list below.

At least nine credits must be at the 300-400 level.

**Please note all 400 level AREC courses have the following prerequisite: AREC 326, which has preq: ECON 200 or AREC 250 ; and ECON 201 ; and (MATH 220, MATH 140, or MATH 130).   

AREC 240 Introduction to Economics and the Environment OR AREC 250 Elements of Agricultural and Resource Economics

AREC 345  Global Poverty and Economic Development

AREC 365 World Hunger, Population and Food Supplies  

AREC 433 Food and Agricultural Policy 

AREC 445 Agricultural Development, Population Growth, and the Environment 

AREC 453 Natural Resources and Public Policy

AREC 422 (formerly: AREC 489F) Special Topics in Agricultural and Resources Economics; Econometric Applications in Agricultural, Environmental and Natural Resources

AREC 446 (formerly: AREC 489G) Special Topics in Agricultural and Resources Economics; Sustainable Economic Development

Another AREC course can be substituted for one of the courses listed with permission of the AREC Undergraduate Coordinator. Every request is not guaranteed.

**Please note that AREC courses are offered during fall or spring semester only.  

Declaring the minor:

To ensure appropriate academic advising, students who wish to pursue this minor should inform both the college responsible for their major and the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics as early as possible, but in no case later than one full academic year before the expected date of graduation.  When a student has completed all requirements for the Minor, the Department shall notify the student's college, which verifies that the student has met all requirements and officially notifies the Registrar's Office. The completion of the Minor is posted on the student's official transcript only when the student completes all requirements for the bachelor's degree.

In order to enroll in the minor:

1. Review and complete the Interest form-Resource and Agricultural Policy in Economic Development

2. Schedule an advising appointment with the Assistant Director: https://arec.youcanbook.me/

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