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Lead Grassroots Efforts to Fight Hunger in a Changing World. Agricultural volunteers work with small-scale farmers and families to increase food security and production and adapt to climate change while promoting environmental conservation practices. They introduce farmers to techniques that prevent soil erosion, reduce the use of harmful pesticides, and replenish the soil. They work alongside farmers on integrated projects that often combine vegetable gardening, livestock management, agroforestry, and nutrition education.


Students interested in Agriculture may focus on:  Agriculture Economics; Business or Economics; Biology; or Engineering.

Students are required to take three courses from the following:

  • AE 175:  Sustainable Development: Anthropological Perspectives
  • AE 283: Environmental Justice
  • AE 284:  Environmental Ethics
  • BIO 74:  Biology of Food
  • BI/CH 76: Environmental Health
  • BI 79:  Latin American Ecosystems
  • BI 310: Community Nutrition
  • BI 319:  Zoology Field Experience
  • EC 120: Environmental Economics
  • EC 230: Comparative Economic Systems
  • EC 231: International Trade
  • EC 233: International Economic Policy and Finance
  • EC 235: Economic Development
  • EG 31:  Fundamentals of Engineering  
  • EG 390,391: Senior Design
  • IL 53:  Introduction to Economics
  • PO 131: International Environmental Policy


Business students may choose two courses from the list of approved courses for Community Economic Development.

    Students must also build 50 hours of related field experience through an activity, such as:

  • Working or interning with a large-scale or family-run business involving vegetable gardening, farming, nursery work, tree planting or care, urban forestry, landscaping, livestock care and management, or fish cultivation and production
  • Teaching or tutoring the public in environmental or agricultural issues/activities
  • Working on the business management or marketing side of a commercial farm
  • Joining the Engineers Without Borders projects
  • Interning with the Global Scholars Program at a relevant site such as Iracambi, Brazil where students gain reforestation skills
  • Enrolling in a service learning or practicum course, such as:
    • EV 298:  Environment Internship*
    • BI 319:  Zoology Field Experience

*Students may choose an internship from a variety of organizations involved in agriculture, agricultural economics, or agricultural policy, such as: African Sky, Animal Embassy, the Fairfield campus garden, City of Bridgeport, CT Campaign for Sustainable Communities, Sport Hill Farm, Sustainable America, Town of Fairfield, etc.  Students should visit Stags4Hire, or internship information specific to a related academic program, such as: economics, engineering, biology, international studies, or environmental studies. Please visit the Environmental Studies program for a complete list of Environmental Studies internships.

Students are required to have field experience hours and service learning courses determined or confirmed in writing by the faculty member teaching the course.

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