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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

If possible, completion of this method and participation in a full semester international study experience is strongly encouraged.

Method 2: International Courses

This method combines classes at Penn State and a short-term education abroad program for students unable to study abroad for a semester.

1. Prescribed/Core Courses (6 credits)

2. 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)

3. Choose 1-2 classes from each of the two following categories (9 credits total)

 

A. Social Science Courses (3-6 credits)

  • AEE 400 (3) Educational Programs in Agriculture for Developing Countries
  • AG BM 102 (3) Economics of the Food System
  • AG BM 338 IL (3) Agribusiness in the Global Economy
  • ANTH 120 (IL): First Farmers
  • ANTH 472: The Ecology of Traditional Farming
  • BBH 305: Introduction to Global Health Issues
  • BBH 402 (IL): African Health and Development
  • BBH 407 (IL): Global Health Equity
  • CED 230 (3) Development Issues in the Global Context
  • CED 425 (3) International Community and Economic Development
  • CED 450 (IL): International Development, Renewable Resources, and the Environment
  • CED/WMNST 420 (IL): Women in Developing Countries
  • EMSC 101 (IL): Resource Wars
  • GEOG 30 (IL): Geographic Perspectives on Sustainability and Human-Environment Systems
  • GEOG 123 GS;IL (3) Geography of Developing World
  • GEOG 126 GS;US;IL (3) Economic Geography
  • GEOG 220: Perspectives on Human Geography
  • GEOG 430: Human Use of Environment
  • GEOG 444: African Resources and Development
  • NUTR 421 (IL): Food Culture and Health Trends
  • NUTR 425 (IL): Global Nutrition Problems: Health, Science, and Ethics
  • NUTR 430: Global Food Strategies: Problems and Prospects for Reducing World Hunger
  • SPAN 105: Elementary Spanish I for Students in the Agricultural Sciences
  • SPAN 106: Elementary Spanish II for Students in the Agricultural Sciences
  • Any foreign language

B. Natural Science Courses (3-6 credits)

  • AFR/GEOSC 105 (IL): Environments of Africa: Geology and Climate Change
  • AGECO 3: Food and the Future Environment
  • AGECO/ENT 457: Principles of Integrated Pest Management
  • BIOL 436: Population Ecology and Global Climate Change
  • EARTH 2: The Earth System and Global Change
  • ENT 222: Honeybees and Humans
  • ERM 210: Environmental Factors and Their Effect on Your Food Supply
  • FDSC 105: Food Facts and Fads
  • FOR 201: Global Change and Ecosystems
  • FOR 418 (IL): Agroforestry: Science, Design, and Practice
  • FOR 488 (IL): International Forestry/Global Forest Conservation
  • GEOG 110: Climates of the World
  • INTAG 300 (IL): Agricultural Production and Framing Systems in the Tropics
  • PPEM 405: Microbe-Plant Interactions
  • SOILS 71 (IL): Environmental Sustainability
  • SOILS 101: Introduction to Soil Science
  • VBSC 297A

 

Procedures for Enrollment

Students wishing to enroll in the International Agriculture minor must complete declare the minor on LionPath and then schedule a meeting with INTAG minor coordinator, Noel Habashy (appointments can be booked through Starfish by searching for "Noel Habashy")

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

Noel Habashy
106 Ag Admin Bldg
Office of International Programs
814-865-8309

 

Funding Opportunities

Funding opportunities for students enrolled in the International Agriculture minor.