The Agribusiness Management Program focuses on agribusiness and business development in nonmetropolitan regions. Businesses in these regions tend to be smaller and more self-sufficient, which creates special challenges and opportunities. The program offers training in the use of accounting, marketing, finance, management, agricultural law, economics and computer applications that allow students to successfully manage businesses for others or to manage their own businesses.
This degree program combines knowledge of business management and agricultural systems with an understanding of how the market economy works and the appropriate role of government regulation. Growth and production in the economy are examined in the context of natural resource conservation and
Core courses for this major include, but are not limited to, agribusiness accounting, agricultural and agribusiness economics, agribusiness management, applied demand analysis, rural economic development, marketing agricultural products, agribusiness finance, natural resources law and environmental regulations.
In consultation with their academic adviser, students select 30 hours of electives to complement an intended career path. Four of the courses must be from the Davis College.
There is high demand for graduates with degrees in Agribusiness Management. Graduates may find employment with agricultural cooperatives, agricultural supply firms, banks, family
farms and other entrepreneurial ventures.
Sample Course Schedules
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Freshman YearBIOL 103 General Biology Laboratory A&VS 251 Principles of Animal Science BIOL 101 General Biology ENGL 101 Composition and Rhetoric ARE 150 Introductory Agricultural and Agribusiness Economics
Senior YearARE 360 Current Issues In Agriculture A&VS 411 Dairy Heifer Management ARE 491 Professional Field Experience ARE 401 Applied Demand Analysis ARE 421 Rural Enterprise Development
By the Numbers
Facts and figures that make this major unique:
- About 18% of Agribusiness Management graduates go on to graduate school
- Two Agribusiness Management majors helped the WVU Soils Team earn second-place honors at the 2015 National Collegiate Soils Contest.
- Katie Workman, an Agribusiness Management, won the 2012 West Virginia Statewide Collegiate Business Plan Competition.
English Proficiency Requirements
All applicants whose first language is not English must provide proof of English language proficiency. WVU accepts either the TOEFL or the IELTS for this purpose. Learn more about our English language proficiency requirements.
WVU is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission.