We offer minors and certificates to complement your degree and give you the competitive edge you need to succeed after graduation. Any student interested in pursuing a minor through the Department of Agricultural Economics should consult with their academic advisor and check the Texas A&M Academic Calendar for important dates and deadlines. The minor application will open and close on the same dates as the Change of Curriculum application. Visit the Office of the Registrar for more information about adding a minor.
Agricultural Economics Minor
The globalization of agriculture, technology, coupled with a growing interest in domestic and international policies relating to food, environment and health are creating the need for graduates equipped with applied economics and business principles and leadership skills. For students looking to gain a fundamental knowledge of how economics contributes to business solutions for industries across agriculture, this minor equips them with what they need to be successful. The courses in this minor span across various business sectors in the agriculture industry and will provide students with a strong foundation of economics principles. This minor is open to all majors, with the exception of current agricultural economics majors.
Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Minor
This minor is ideal for students interested in starting their own business, working for an entrepreneur, pursuing employment with a bank or financial institution or gaining knowledge of business development practices and strategies. Through this minor, students choose to develop a business plan for their own professional career pursuit or for another business. Innovation and entrepreneurship are not limited to one field or degree area, so this minor is open to all majors. Students in this minor can also pursue opportunities and participate broadly in the Dianne and M. Edward Rister ’74 Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program.
AgriFood Sales Minor
This minor is a great fit for students looking to pursue a career in professional sales, build a strong network of industry representatives and explore career development opportunities. Our mission is to develop emotionally intelligent sales professionals through industry partnerships, self-management and self-awareness application and high impact learning environments. We are focused on developing qualified sales professionals that are easily recruited by reputable firms upon graduation. Although there is an emphasis on AgriFood, our students gain skills applicable to tech, machinery, medical and pharmaceuticals industries, among others. Students in this minor benefit from participation and additional experiences provided by the broader Weston AgriFood Sales Program.
Certificate in International Trade and Agriculture
In a globalized society, where goods and services have mobilized, now more than ever it is important to graduate leaders who have an understanding of how laws and policy, economy, the judicial system, and markets influence trade. Though this certificate, students learn how global forces shape agriculture and what impacts they have on the exchange of capital, goods and services across international borders or territories. Students must fill out the Certificate in International Trade and Agriculture, CITA, Form.