Rural and Community Development Minor
The minor in Rural and Community Development teaches students how to use community based research to resolve environmental problems; make food and agriculture more sustainable; and pursue vibrant, equitable growth in small towns and the countryside. The academic discipline of rural sociology is at the forefront of creative ideas for resolving the environmental, food and agricultural, and community challenges of our time.
A minor in Rural and Community Development gives students key skills to resolve such challenges by equipping them with a set of applicable and data-driven tools. For example, students have used classes to develop a county-wide recycling plan; create a city-wide climate change plan; start a student association on AU’s campus to help address the shortage of rural doctors in Alabama; and to evaluate food insecurity programs in the Auburn-Opelika area and to document food insecurity in Alabama’s Black Belt. Students come away with a better sense of what they want to do with their degree at Auburn and how they wish to engage with their respective communities as global citizens. Thanks to the real world application of skills that they learn as part of the minor, students become stronger candidates for non-profit, governmental, and private sector jobs that require research, outreach, and organizational skills that pertain to the environment, food and agriculture, rural places, and communities.