USU has the only Agricultural Economics degree in the state. The majors helps students develop quantitative skills and a deeper understanding of economic theory and how it specifically pertains to agriculture. Agricultural economists analyze production, distribution, and consumption of farming goods. They help farmers maximize their gains and minimize their losses.
The coursework for the agricultural economics degree consists of economic theory and research making it an excellent preparation for graduate studies in economics, agricultural economics, natural resources, business, or law.
With a relatively small faculty, and a low student-to-teacher ratio, students are guaranteed individualized attention. Most of the faculty members in the College of Agriculture have national and international experience that helps them bring a global perspective to the class. Students have the opportunity to do research in labs and in the field.
(An emphasis is not required)
Economic Theory: This emphasis prepares students to work directly after graduation or to pursue graduate study in economics, agricultural economics, quantitative economic analysis, or other related research degrees. Students with this emphasis often become economists involved with policy analysis for governmental agencies and nongovernmental organizations.
Prelaw Economics: This emphasis is for students who plan to attend law school or pursue a career related to political science. The large number of elective credits included in this emphasis area provides enough flexibility for students to custom design their program of study to meet individual interests and educational goals. Several students have taken advantage of this flexibility to design a dual major in political science.
Managerial Economics: This emphasis is for students planning for careers in business; it is useful for students planning to enter the job market upon graduation or as excellent preparation for students who intend to pursue a master of business administration (MBA) or master of public administration (MPA).