Rural and Community Development

The minor in Rural and Community Development teaches students about how people in small towns and rural communities are organized, adapt to new technologies and manage their human and natural resource endowments. The academic discipline of Rural Sociology exposes students to knowledge about people, groups, organizations and institutions that serve places of low population density.

A minor in Rural and Community Development provides preparation for a variety of human service occupations in an expanding field of employment. Graduates with this minor possess knowledge and skills important for conducting and administering local, regional and statewide programs serving town, rural and farm people, as well as people with special needs such as the elderly, the disabled, or the poor. Both public and private agencies and organizations seek recruits with human relations and organizational skills that complement special expertise in technical disciplines.

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Michelle R. Worosz, M.S., Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Rural Sociology
Co-Director, Interdepartmental Graduate Program in Sociology
Coordinator, Rural and Community Development Minor
Department of Agricultural Economics and Rural Sociology
Auburn University Food Systems Institute
 
308A Comer Hall
Office: 334-844-5682
Auburn University, AL 36849-5406
 
Fax: 334-844-5639
mrw0016@auburn.edu
ag.auburn.edu/agec/agrifood
Skype: michelle.worosz