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International Agriculture Minor

College of Food, Agri & Natural Resource Sciences
College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences
  • Program Type: Undergraduate free-standing minor
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2018
  • Required credits in this minor: 17 to 19
Due to the international nature of food and agricultural systems, CFANS students are strongly encouraged to incorporate an international experience into their academic degree program. Students with a particular interest in global issues can minor in international agriculture. The minor is structured to include: • A general overview of international agriculture (3 cr) • Culture or language studies (3 cr) • Expanded coursework in agriculture (9 cr) • An academic, international experience where students are required to travel outside the United States for a minimum two-weeks. (3 cr) A student’s program must be developed in coordination with the minor coordinator with assistance from CFANS International Programs. Students must complete 17 credits with a minimum GPA of 2.00.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
International Opportunities: The University of Minnesota is partnering with a number of universities to provide short term and semester study abroad opportunities taught in English that allow for the study of international issues related to food production and environmental sustainability. Additional international practical or internship experiences may qualify for the minor. Arrangements can be made through CFANS International Programs, MAST International, the Learning Abroad Center or Career and Internship Services on the St. Paul campus. Travel grants for overseas experience are available through the Academic Enrichment Program and the Learning Abroad Center. For more information consult CFANS Study Abroad at http://www.cfans.umn.edu/about/international
Minor Courses
Take 3 credits in area culture or language studies. This may include study of a second language or focus on an international culture. This section should be used to help students prepare for an international experience. Students should consult with the minor coordinator before taking classes.
Take 2 or more credit(s) from the following:
· CFAN 3000 - Directed Studies in International Agriculture (2.0-4.0 cr)
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· CFAN 3500 - International Field Studies Seminar (1.0-3.0 cr)
· CFAN 3501 - Costa Rica--Sustainable Development [GP] (3.0 cr)
· CFAN 3502 - Bahamas--Tropical Marine Biology and Shark Ecology (2.0 cr)
· CFAN 3503 - Switzerland--Mountain Agriculture [GP] (3.0 cr)
· CFAN 3504 - Vertebrate Research Design and Field Survey Techniques [GP] (3.0 cr)
· CFAN 3505 - French Language and Culture (1.0 cr)
· CFAN 3512 - Sustainable Food Chains [GP] (3.0 cr)
· CFAN 3513 - The Natural History of Norway [GP, ENV] (3.0 cr)
Electives
Take 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
Food Production and Culture
Take 0 or more credit(s) from the following:
· AGRO 3305 - Agroecosystems of the world [GP] (3.0 cr)
· FSCN 3615 - Sociocultural Aspects of Food, Nutrition, and Health [GP] (3.0 cr)
· GCC 3017 - Grand Challenge: World Food Problems: Agronomics, Economics and Hunger [GP] (3.0 cr)
· AGRO 3203W - Environment, Global Food Production, and the Citizen [GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
or ANSC 3203W - Environment, Global Food Production, and the Citizen [GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
· Economics, Policy, Trade and Development
Take 0 or more credit(s) from the following:
· AFEE 5361 - World Development Problems (3.0 cr)
· APEC 3007 - Applied Macroeconomics: Policy, Trade, and Development [GP] (3.0 cr)
· APEC 3071 - Microeconomics of International Development (3.0 cr)
· APEC 5751 - Global Trade and Policy (3.0 cr)
· Natural Resources
Take 0 or more credit(s) from the following:
· ESPM 3251 - Natural Resources in Sustainable International Development [GP] (3.0 cr)
· ESPM 3607 - Natural Resources Consumption and Sustainability [GP] (3.0 cr)
 
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CFAN 3000 - Directed Studies in International Agriculture
Credits: 2.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Oral presentations, discussion of students' research papers. Literature review of selected topics. Discussions with students/staff about their experiences in international agriculture. prereq: instr consent
CFAN 3500 - International Field Studies Seminar
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Interface of agriculture with various natural resource, environmental, economic, food safety, public policy, ethical issues transcending national borders. Seminars take place in other countries or regions of world, providing global perspective. Active learning, lectures, discussion tutorials, field trips, reports, exams. prereq: instr consent
CFAN 3501 - Costa Rica--Sustainable Development (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Costa Rica's development strategy. Agriculture, tourism, energy, and urbanization show synergies and tension between economic, social, and environmental impacts. Sustainability and how organizations maximize benefits associated with sustainable development. prereq: instr consent
CFAN 3502 - Bahamas--Tropical Marine Biology and Shark Ecology
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Ecology of sharks and natural history of South Bimini Island. Marine ecosystems. Local flora and fauna. Local culture and development policy on the ecosystems. prereq: instr consent
CFAN 3503 - Switzerland--Mountain Agriculture (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Spring-time agriculture in a mountain ecosystem; management of farm enterprises to be productive in the context of Europe; how Switzerland has developed agro-tourism; interact with farmers, researchers, professionals and government officials who share expertise and interest in agricultural issues. prereq: instr consent
CFAN 3504 - Vertebrate Research Design and Field Survey Techniques (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
Thai culture and conservation challenges. Two-day barge trip learning culture before traveling to Thailand's premier conservation research site. Camera-trapping techniques, prey assessment methods, and radio telemetry approaches to the study of large mammals. prereq: instr consent
CFAN 3505 - French Language and Culture
Credits: 1.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
French language/way of life. Heritage of French culture. prereq: instr consent
CFAN 3512 - Sustainable Food Chains (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Concentrated study in agriculture/agribusiness. Horticulture. Viticulture/wine making. Rural tourism. Gastronomy. prereq: instr consent
CFAN 3513 - The Natural History of Norway (GP, ENV)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Spring & Summer Odd Year
The program will be based in the Nord Tröndelag region of central Norway where students will learn about Norway's physical geography, ecology, and management of natural resources, including its flora, fauna, and agricultural systems. Students will also gain an understanding of the region's rich culture, history, and close ties to Minnesota. prereq: instructor consent
AGRO 3305 - Agroecosystems of the world (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Explore four different areas of world (Minnesota, Morocco, Nepal, Costa Rica) by networking with locals on ground in each region through online interactions. Food, agriculture, environment. Biophysical/socio-cultural aspects of agroecosystems through unique multi-disciplinary lens.
FSCN 3615 - Sociocultural Aspects of Food, Nutrition, and Health (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Sociocultural aspects of regional/cultural diversity in food preferences and food behavior, food habits, demographics, lifestyles, food consumption, and expenditures. Effect of socioeconomic status, religious beliefs, age, and cultural meaning of foods on food choices.
GCC 3017 - Grand Challenge: World Food Problems: Agronomics, Economics and Hunger (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00136
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
This course provides a multi-disciplinary look at problems (and some of the possible solutions) affecting food production, distribution and requirements for the seven plus billion inhabitants of this planet. It is co-taught by an agronomist (Porter) and an economist (Runge) who together have worked on international food production and policy issues for the past 40 years. Historical context, the present situation and future scenarios related to the human population and food production are examined. Presentations and discussions cover sometimes conflicting views from multiple perspectives on population growth, use of technology, as well as the ethical and cultural values of people in various parts of the world. The global challenge perspective is reflected in attention to issues of poverty, inequality, gender, the legacy of colonialism, and racial and ethnic prejudice. Emphasis is placed on the need for governments, international assistance agencies, international research and extension centers, as well as the private sector to assist in solving the complex problems associated with malnutrition, undernutrition, obesity and sustainable food production. Through a better understanding of world food problems, this course enables students to reflect on the shared sense of responsibility by nations, the international community and ourselves to build and maintain a stronger sense of our roles as historical agents. Throughout the semester students are exposed to issues related to world food problems through the lenses of two instructors from different disciplinary backgrounds. The core issues of malnutrition and food production are approached simultaneously from a production perspective as well as an economic and policy perspective throughout the semester.
AGRO 3203W - Environment, Global Food Production, and the Citizen (GP, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Agro/AnSc 3203/AgUM 2224
Typically offered: Every Spring
Ecological/ethical concerns of food production systems in global agriculture: past, present, and future. Underlying ethical positions about how agroecosystems should be configured. Decision cases, discussions, videos, other media.
ANSC 3203W - Environment, Global Food Production, and the Citizen (GP, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: Agro/AnSc 3203/AgUM 2224
Typically offered: Every Spring
Ecological/ethical concerns of food production systems in global agriculture: past, present, and future. Underlying ethical positions about how agroecosystems should be configured. Interactive learning using decision cases, discussions, videos, other media.
AFEE 5361 - World Development Problems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01778
Typically offered: Every Fall
Development in Third World countries. Examples of First World development problems. Population, health and disease, education, agriculture, industry, finance, politics, and human rights. prereq: Grad students only
APEC 3007 - Applied Macroeconomics: Policy, Trade, and Development (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Indicators of economic development, growth in trade, and welfare of developing countries. Globalization. Drivers of growth, productivity, technical change, and research. Comparative advantage. Distribution consequences of trade. Trade policy instruments/institutions. prereq: [1101 or ECON 1101], [1101H or ECON 1101H], [1102 or ECON 1102], [1102H or ECON 1102H]; 3001, 3006 recommended
APEC 3071 - Microeconomics of International Development
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Characteristics and performance of peasant agriculture; potential role of agriculture in economic development, and design of economic policies to achieve agricultural and economic development; role of women in agricultural development. prereq: 1101, 1102, Econ 1101, 1102, or instr consent
APEC 5751 - Global Trade and Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Trade policies of import/export nations, gains from trade, trade negotiations/agreements. Free trade and common market areas. Exchange rate impacts. Primary commodities and market instability. Current trade issues. prereq: 3001 or Econ 3101 or PA 5021
ESPM 3251 - Natural Resources in Sustainable International Development (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Course Equivalencies: ENR 3251/5251/LAS 3251
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
International perspectives on resource use and sustainable development. Integration of natural resource issues with social, economic, and policy considerations. Agriculture, forestry, agroforestry, non-timber forest products, water resources, certification, development issues. Global case studies. Impact of consumption in developed countries on sustainable development in lesser developed countries.
ESPM 3607 - Natural Resources Consumption and Sustainability (GP)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Current world trends for industrial raw materials; environmental/other tradeoffs related to options for satisfying demand/needs; global and systemic thinking; provides a framework for beginning a process of thinking critically about complex environmental problems/potential solutions in a diverse global economy.