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International Agriculture Undergraduate Minor

Go beyond your borders with the International Agriculture (INTAG) minor, an interdisciplinary approach to understanding and appreciating international development and the agricultural systems of various cultures throughout the world.

This minor is an interdisciplinary program of study designed to enable students to:

  • gain awareness of and appreciation for the interdependent nature of food and fiber systems worldwide
  • gain awareness of problems in international agriculture and sustainability of alternative solutions
  • understand global impacts of technology
  • understand systems of learning across cultures

The International Agriculture minor may be combined with any undergraduate major at Penn State.

Course Requirements

  • The minor requires 18 credits, with the core program consisting of six credits (INTAG 100 and INTAG 490). Students have considerable flexibility for choosing the other 12 credits based on interests and career goals.
  • A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.
  • Six credits of 400-level classes are required.

There are two methods to complete the minor:

Method 1: Studying Abroad

Participation in an international study experience is strongly encouraged.

Method 2: International Courses

Prescribed/Core Courses (6 credits)

Select One Internationally-Oriented Experience (3 credits)

  • INTAG 296(3), INTAG 297(3), INTAG 298(3), INTAG 397(3), INTAG 398(3), INTAG 399(3), INTAG 495(3), INTAG 496(3), INTAG 497(3), INTAG 498(3), INTAG 499 IL(3), or other international embedded course with agricultural content with approval of INTAG minor coordinator, including but not limited to: AGECO 499(3), CED 499(3), EDSGN 452(2) and EDSGN 497C (1), E R M 499(3)

Choose a Course from Three of these Four Categories (9 credits)

  1. Socioeconomic and Communication Systems:
    • AEE 400 (3) Educational Programs in Agriculture for Developing Countries
    • AEE 440 (3) Communication Methods and Media
    • AG BM 102 (3) Economics of the Food System
    • AG BM 338 IL (3) Agribusiness in the Global Economy
    • AYFCE 438 US (1-3) Living in an Increasingly Diverse Society
    • CED 230 (3) Development Issues in the Global Context
    • CED 410 (3) The Global Seminar
    • CED 417 (3) Power, Conflict, and Community Decision Making
    • CED 425 (3) International Community and Economic Development
    • GEOG 020 GS;US;IL (3) Human Geography: An Introduction
    • GEOG 040 GS;IL (3) World Regional Geography
    • GEOG 123 GS;IL (3) Geography of Developing World
    • GEOG 126 GS;US;IL (3) Economic Geography
    • GEOG 428 US (3) Political Geography
    • R SOC/WMNST/CED 420 US;IL (3) Women in Developing Countries
    • Any university language skill development course
  2. Food, Health, and Nutrition:
    • BB H 305 IL (3) Introduction to Global Health Issues
    • BB H 402 IL (3) African Health and Development
    • BB H 407 IL (3) Global Health Equity
    • FD SC 105 (3) Food Facts and Fads
    • FD SC 200 (3) Introductory Food Science
    • NUTR 421 US;IL (3) Food Culture and Health Trends
    • NUTR 430 IL (3) Global Food Strategies: Problems and Prospects for Reducing World Hunger
  3. Plant and Animal Sciences:
    • AGECO 134 GN (3) Sustainable Agriculture Science and Policy
    • AGECO/ENT 457 (3) Principles of Integrated Pest Management
    • AGRO 028 (3) Principles of Crop Management
    • AN SC 201 (4) Animal Science
    • INTAG 300 IL (3) Agricultural Production and Farming Systems in the Tropics
    • SOILS 071 GN;IL (3) Environmental Sustainability
    • SOILS 101 GN (3) Introductory Soil Science
  4. Natural Resources and the Environment:
    • A S M 327 (3) Soil and Water Resource Management
    • B E 300 (3) Biological Systems
    • BIOL 436 (3) Population Ecology and Global Climate Change
    • CED 427W (3) Society and Natural Resources
    • CED 450 IL (3) International Development, Renewable Resources, and the Environment
    • E R M 210 GN (3) Environmental Factors and Their Effect on Your Food Supply
    • EARTH 002 GN (3) The Earth System and Global Change
    • FOR 418 US;IL (3) Agroforesty: Science, Design, and Practice
    • FOR 488Y IL (3) International Forestry/ Global Forest Conservation
    • GEOG 030 GS;IL (3) Geographic Perspectives on Sustainability and Human-Environment Systems
    • GEOG 110 GN (3) Climates of the World
    • GEOG 310W (3) Introduction to Global Climatic Systems
    • GEOG 430 (3) Human Use of Environment
    • GEOG 444 (3) African Resources and Development

Procedures for Enrollment

Students wishing to enroll in the International Agriculture minor must complete the Entrance to Minor Application form.

For further information concerning the exciting challenges of an INTAG minor, visit the University Bulletin listing for INTAG and/or contact the College of Agricultural Sciences' Office of International Programs:

Daniel Tobin
106 Ag Admin Bldg
Office of International Programs
814-865-8309

Funding Opportunities

Funding opportunities for students enrolled in the International Agriculture minor.