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What is agricultural economics?

As an agricultural economics major, you will learn to put the economic theory of resource allocation for the production of food, fiber and other products into action by developing management, problem-solving and financial strategies.

Why agricultural economics at OSU?

Studying agricultural economics will help you develop the business and economics skills to be a leader in agriculture or other related industries. You'll learn how to analyze the big-picture issues related to agricultural, food or natural resource policies; rural or community development; or environmental and natural resource economics.

Career paths

The agricultural economics degree plan emphasizes quantitative studies including calculus and statistical methods and prepares students for graduate study in agricultural economics or related fields, or for a variety of employment opportunities.


annually awarded by the OSU Department of Agricultural Economics


Real-world experience

Agricultural economics students thrive on solving challenging, real-world problems. Advanced training in mathematics, statistics and economics allows for a smooth transition into graduate studies. Students are prepared to focus on applied research topics including trade, marketing, policy and other critical areas.


Fast fact

The newly restructured agricultural economics degree sets apart those students focused on future careers in academia, government agencies and other research-based areas. Coursework is challenging yet highly rewarding.


Outstanding scholars

From students who represent us nationally as Truman Scholars, to those who are recognized at the university level as Top Freshmen Men and Women, OSU Seniors of Significance and Outstanding Seniors and Ferguson College of Agriculture Seniors of Distinction, the accomplishments of our students are known beyond the department.


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