Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology

Vegetable on a table at a farmer's marketAs part of the world’s largest industry, our work is about the economic and social impact of agriculture on local, regional, national and global scales. Our students, faculty and alumni work every day to build stronger communities and economies through business, law, public policy, trade, finance and in many other ways.

We offer BS, MS, and MAg degrees in Agricultural Business and Economics, and an MS in Rural Sociology. We also offer a PhD in Applied Economics in conjunction with the Department of Economics and the School of Forestry. At present, we have about 220 undergraduate students and 35 graduate students.

Our mission is to create socio-economic knowledge and transmit it to the citizens of Alabama and the world. We achieve this through our teaching, research, and extension programs in collaboration with other departments in the College of Agriculture, industry, and beyond.