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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 2014
  • Required credits in this minor: 18
Due to the international nature of food and agricultural systems, and the interdependence of environmental systems, CFANS students are strongly encouraged to incorporate an international experience into their academic degree program. Students with a particular interest in international agriculture can minor in international agriculture and choose between a self-contained block of courses or a series of courses integrated into the degree program. The minor is structured to include a general overview of international agriculture, followed by area, culture, or language studies; expanded coursework in agriculture; and an international experience. Students are required to travel outside the United States for a minimum two-week academic experience. The program for a minor in international agriculture must be developed in coordination with International Programs in the college. Students must complete 18 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. Courses can include: agricultural economics, tropical agriculture, organic food chain management, and environmental and agricultural food production. Additional international practical or internship experiences may qualify for the minor. Arrangements can be made through MAST International or Career and Internship Services on the St. Paul campus. Travel grants for overseas experience are available through the Academic Enrichment Program. Students are also eligible for scholarships through the Learning Abroad Center.
Minor Courses
Take 6 credits 3xxx or 4xxx area culture or language studies
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 - Thailand: Tiger Conservation and Vertebrate Field Methods [GP, ENV] (3.0 cr)
· CFAN 3505 - French Language and Culture (1.0 cr)
· CFAN 3508 {Inactive} [GP] (3.0 cr)
· CFAN 3509 {Inactive} [GP] (3.0 cr)
· CFAN 3512 - Sustainable Food Chains [GP] (3.0 cr)
· CFAN 3513 - The Natural History of Norway [GP, ENV] (3.0 cr)
Take 7 or more credit(s) from the following:
· AFEE 5361 {Inactive} (3.0 cr)
· AGRO 3203W - Environment, Global Food Production, and the Citizen [GP, WI] (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)
· FSCN 3615 - Sociocultural Aspects of Food, Nutrition, and Health [GP] (3.0 cr)
· COMM 3676W - Communicating Terrorism [GP, WI] (3.0 cr)
· AGRO 4103 {Inactive} [GP] (3.0 cr)
or APEC 4103 {Inactive} [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 - Thailand: Tiger Conservation and Vertebrate Field Methods (GP, ENV)
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 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.
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
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.
COMM 3676W - Communicating Terrorism (GP, WI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Terrorism as an ethical and international problem. Different cultures' historical trajectories for terrorism. Contrasts between Algerian, Irish, and Arab terrorism.