BA in Land, Farming & Community

Xavier University

Year Founded: Jan. 1, 2013
Date Posted: Feb. 25, 2016
Submitted by: Monika Urbanski
Sustainability Topics: Curriculum, Food & Dining, Grounds
Content Type: Academic Programs
Discipline: Agriculture
Program Type: Baccalaureate degree
Completion: 4 years
Distance: Local Only
Commitment: Full-Time

Description

Students in the Land, Farming and Community major will take a wide variety of courses (in such disciplines as history, theology, biology, and English) both within the Core Curriculum and the major that will consider the role of food, agriculture and rural communities and lifestyles. A year-long sequence in Agro ecology is one of the early focal points of the major. In this course, majors alongside Environmental Sciences majors, and other majors will investigate the interconnectedness of farm systems with the rest of the natural world. Majors will also learn accounting and entrepreneurial skills in addition to economic skills, chemistry and biology (including entomology and ecology). The final three semesters of the degree program are spent largely in the field, either practicing agriculture or working in related industry in a Land, Farming and Community practicum. The Practicum is an 18-month internship at a farm or urban garden that would allow students to experience the scope of a full growing season and to establish relationships with local farmers.


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