Why should I major in Agricultural Business?
Agricultural business prepares graduates for careers as decision makers who successfully apply business management concepts. Three concentrations allow students to better position themselves for opportunities in agribusiness management, agricultural marketing in domestic and international arenas, pre-law, public policy and entry into graduate school.
What can I do with a degree in Agricultural Business?
There are multiple career options for an Agricultural Business graduate. Depending on the concentration area chosen, graduates can be employed in any facet of the agricultural business field.
- Agriculture Banking
- Commodities Merchandising
- Ag Marketing Specialist
- Policy/International Trade
- Financial Consultant
- Agricultural Sales
- Supply Chain Analyst
- More Career Options
What does an Agricultural Business major study?
Courses of study for Agricultural Business majors vary depending on the concentration area. Students should select a concentration that best matches their interests. Agricultural Business concentrations include:
Agribusiness Management & Marketing (ABMM)
ABMM is designed for students seeking careers in sales, marketing, management, banking, food and agriculture businesses, including firms involved in food processing, commodity merchandising and more. Some employers include Riceland Foods, Walmart, Farm Credit, Tyson Foods, Arvest Bank, Dow AgroScience, and Arkansas Farm Bureau. ABMM is also ideal for students who want to become more involved in production agriculture, either on the family farm or as a hired farm manager.
Agricultural Economics (AGEC)
Students may wish to choose the AGEC concentration if they are interested in further education beyond a B.S.A. AGEC has an emphasis on the quantitative analytical skills needed in graduate school. This concentration provides training both in courses in the AEAB Department as well as in the Walton College of Business.
PRLW is an excellent option for students who have an interest in attending law school to pursue a Juris Doctorate (J.D.) degree after graduation. In addition to legal career opportunities, this concentration may also be of interest to students pursuing careers in public service with local, state and federal agencies and policy development. The graduate program in Agricultural Law at the University of Arkansas is the only such program in the United States that offers a Master of Law (LL.M.) degree in agricultural law.
How can an Agricultural Business student be involved?
The Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Department and the University offer a variety of outlets for students to gain professional development experiences.
Students majoring in other disciplines at the University of Arkansas have the option of completing a minor with the Department of Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness. A minor in Agricultural Business (AGBS-M) or International Economic Development (INDV-M) is particularly appropriate for students interested in subjects related to Agriculture, Economics, Human and Environmental Sciences, Natural Resources, and Sustainability, as well as Marketing, Management, and Finance. A concentration of courses in environmental economics might also be of interest to students in Biological or Environmental Science disciplines.