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

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.

Pre-Law (PRLW)

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.

For degree plans prior to 2021-2022, see the Agricultural Business Degree Plan Archives.

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.

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Animal Science, Food Science, Crop Science, Agricultural Communication, Poultry Science

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Program Description

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.



Minor in Agribusiness (AGBS-M)

Students majoring in other disciplines at the University of Arkansas have the option of completing a minor in Agricultural Business. This minor allows students to better position themselves in the workplace by gaining skills in areas such as: marketing, management, environmental economics, sales, sales and finance.

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International Development Minor (INDV-M)

Agricultural business majors or others interested in international development have the option of pursing the Minor in International Development. This minor consists of 12 hours of coursework from the Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness Department (AGEC) and Economics Department (ECON). In addition, at least three hours of a pre-approved study-abroad experience is required to complete the minor.

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