Graduate Certificate in Rural Studies

A graduate certificate in rural studies will equip you for a career with non-profits, cooperative extension services or similar programs that work to make a difference in the quality of life in rural and small-town communities. The certificate will prepare you for these opportunities by extending your skills and competencies to better understand rural people and rural places. The certificate may be used to augment your current program of study, provide an opportunity to explore a new area or provide an opportunity to refocus your career by specializing in a substantive area of rural studies such as community, environment or food.

Our students have gone on to careers in diverse settings, including

  • 4-H youth program specialist, Iowa Cooperative Extension Service
  • Communications director, Conservation Alabama
  • Director, Gulf States Health Policy Center, Bayou La Batre, Alabama
  • Cultural resource specialist, Alabama Bicentennial Commission
  • Development officer, Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College
  • Executive director, Jane Goodall Institute, Uganda
  • Project coordinator, Food Bank of North Alabama
  • Research project coordinator, Northwestern University
  • Territory manager, John Deere
  • Executive director, Alabama Folklife Association

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To complete the graduate certificate in rural studies, select 3 (9 credits) of the following courses:

  • RSOC 6190 Sociology of Sustainable Agrifood Systems
  • RSOC 6510 Social Welfare, Family and Poverty
  • RSOC 6610 Rural Sociology
  • RSOC 6640 Sociology of Community Development
  • RSOC 6650 Sociology of Natural Resources and the Environment
  • RSOC 7410 Extension Programs and Methods
  • RSOC 7620 Sociology of Community
  • RSOC 7630 Political Economy of Development
  • RSOC 7650 Sociology of Natural Resources and the Environment
  • RSOC 7700 Methods of Social Research
  • RSOC 7960 Special Problems in Rural Sociology and Community Development

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Michelle R. Worosz
308A Comer Hall
Auburn, AL 36849