Careers.  The career paths that await you as an AREC graduate in the public, private, and non-profit sectors are endless. Recent grads have taken jobs at organizations such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Amazon.com, AGM Financial Services, The Pew Charitable Trusts, and the Federal Reserve. Our graduates have also matriculated at elite universities for graduate study.

Skills useful in “real life.”   The combination of quantitative training and applied analytical work makes applied economics graduates extremely attractive to employers in a variety of industries. As an AREC major, you will complete challenging coursework in statistics, economics, and calculus. AREC students can also get credit for study abroad and internships.

Small classes. Students in upper-level AREC courses benefit from working closely with faculty in courses that focus on the real-world application of applied economics.


Students in the Agribusiness concentration have the option of choosing a field of study consisting of three (3) courses that include coursework at the Robert H. Smith School of Business. If you are planning on taking any business-related courses as part of your field of study, we recommend that you choose the Agribusiness concentration.

Agricultural and Resource Economics

The Agricultural and Resource Economics (Ag-Econ) concentration provides students with the flexibility to select a field of study that fits their career interests. Students can also customize their degree program by declaring a Student-Designed field of study in consultation with an advisor.

Environmental and Resource Economics

The Environmental and Resource Economics concentration focuses on the application of economic concepts across a variety of issues related to natural resources, such as water quality, global warming, and the development of world economies.

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