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The Purdue University College of Agriculture offers an International Studies in Agriculture minor to all Purdue undergraduate students who wish to develop international competencies beyond the minimum international understanding course requirements. The International Studies of Agriculture minor is an academic minor administered by the Purdue College of Agriculture Office of Academic Programs (OAP), in partnership with International Programs in Agriculture (IPIA).
Goals for the minor include:
- Increase the student’s understanding of international agriculture (including, but not limited to food, water, energy, economics, environment, natural resources, health, plants, animals, forestry, and wildlife);
- Prepare students for international facets of their careers and lives through experiences on and off campus;
- Integrate the development of cultural awareness into all on-campus, co-curricular, and study abroad student experiences; and
- Increase the relevance and attraction of students seeking this minor.
This minor directly addresses the College of Agriculture Strategic Plan (2021-2026)
We are ‘global’ in our identity.
- Teaching: Prepare students for tomorrow’s world with breadth and depth
- Engagement: Focused international engagement with partnerships
- Research: Global recognition for driving discovery towards solutions to challenges
Students who complete the International Studies in Agriculture Minor will be able to:
- demonstrate critical thinking and analytical skills through successful completion of a project with an international dimension in agriculture
- demonstrate effective cross-cultural international communication, both orally and in written form, about an international topic
- demonstrate the ability to be a global citizen in international and multicultural, locations and groups
- understand the global importance and impact of agriculture
- communicate an appreciation of and respect for cultural diversity, and being able to think critically about the impact that their own cultural identities have on their worldview
Requirements for the Minor (15 credits)
Completion of undergraduate research project with an integrated international component, where the international dimension is critical to successfully completing the project, and the project is related to agriculture.
Completion of a capstone project with an integrated international component, where the international dimension is critical to successfully completing the project, and the project is related to agriculture.
Completion of a project, related to agriculture and with an international partner, either for-credit or extracurricular, where the project has a faculty advisor, defined scope and objectives, and demonstrable outcomes. Examples include, but are not limited to, Purdue international service-learning projects, EPICS international projects, Purdue Utility Project (PUP), Purdue Youthmappers, and internships that meet the requirements. OAP and IPIA will assist students in finding suitable projects, and with evaluating projects proposed directly by students.
Coursework through the 4th semester, or 12 credits, of a second language
Successful completion of at least one class taught in a foreign language during a semester abroad.
Successful completion of a recognized language proficiency exam, external to Purdue.
Completion of Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), a debrief with a Qualified Administrator, completion of an Intercultural Development Plan (IDP), and a second IDI and debrief following completion of at least one other learning outcome. (Other intercultural assessment tools may be considered if they can demonstrate achievement of the learning outcome and are validated, reliable, and include a written and oral component (i.e. the debrief and development plan for the IDI).
Study abroad experience (minimum of 8 weeks of international experience, can be the sum of multiple experiences)
Engagement with an international group on campus that leads to demonstrable and intentional development of the desire to, and recognition of the importance of being a global citizen. Students wishing to utilize this assessment are required to submit a written summary describing their understanding of what it means to be a global citizen and what impact their interactions with the international group had on their development in this area.
Learning Outcome 4
Completion of 15 semester credits of courses related to international agriculture. Courses offered by the College of Agriculture that meet the International Understanding requirement, and courses relating to agriculture and taken at the host university during a study abroad satisfy this requirement.
Learning Outcome 5
A reflective summary paper or recorded video illustrating an appreciation of and respect for cultural diversity, and how their own cultural identities impact their worldview of food and agriculture. Recommended to be completed their final semester and integrating the assessments from previous learning outcomes.
Examples of College of Agriculture International-related Courses
Examples of courses from outside of the College of Agriculture
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