Agricultural Business Degree, major or minor at Graceland University

Agricultural Business Degree

Graceland University is listed in The Princeton Review – Guide to 353 Green Colleges 2015.

Graceland University’s C.H. Sandage School of Business offers an agricultural business degree with a focus to produce global agricultural professionals.  Graceland’s Agricultural Business Program empowers and transforms students for successful careers and ethical leadership in agriculture. Experiential learning opportunities include internships and an agricultural business practicum to gain vital professional experience. The bachelor of arts degree liberates each graduate for advanced degrees, professional careers, and financial independence. Through the Agricultural Business Club, students gain leadership experience in managing: FFA events, fund-raising auctions, test plots, program marketing, finances, and non-profit organizations.

BA Degree - Agricultural Business Major

In addition to the essential education requirements, majors in Agricultural Business must complete a concentration of 42 semester hours in Accounting, Agriculture, Business, Economics, and Mathematics including:

  • AGRI1200 Sustainable International Agriculture 3 s.h.
  • AGRI2100 Agricultural Management and Markets 3 s.h.
  • AGRI3100 Agricultural Finance and Resource Allocation 3 s.h.
  • AGRI3200 Agricultural Accounting and Taxation 3 s.h.
  • AGRI4700 Agricultural Business Practicum 3 s.h.
  • ACCT2310 Financial Accounting 3 s.h.
  • BUAD3330 Principles of Marketing 3 s.h.
  • BUAD3340 Business Law 3 s.h.
  • ECON1300 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 s.h.
  • ECON1320 Principles of Microeconomics 3 s.h.

Electives in Accounting, Agriculture, Business, or Economics 6 s.h.

  • An Agricultural Business major must also complete:
  • BUAD1420 Math for Decision Making or
         MATH1510 Calculus I 3 s.h.
  • MATH1380 Introduction to Statistics 3 s.h.

 

Agricultural Business Minor

A minor in Agricultural Business consists of 18 semester hours as follows:

  • AGRI1200 Sustainable International Agriculture 3 s.h.
  • AGRI2100 Agricultural Management and Markets 3 s.h.
  • AGRI3100 Agricultural Finance and Resource Allocation 3 s.h.
  • AGRI3200 Agricultural Accounting and Taxation 3 s.h.
  • ECON1320 Principles of Microeconomics 3 s.h.
  • ACCT2310 Financial Accounting 3 s.h.

 

Courses for Agricultural Business

ACCT2310 Financial Accounting 3 s.h.
An introduction to the study of accounting dealing with the preparation and analysis of the balance sheet, income statement, and related accounting records. Prerequisites: One MATH course.

AGRI1100 21st Century Business 3 s.h.
Orientation to Agricultural Business including global issues, current industries, educational pathways, and career options. Content includes emphasis on understanding competitive markets and preparation for broad-based (liberal arts) education.

AGRI1200 Sustainable International Agriculture 3 s.h.
Sustainable International Agriculture explores global issues, incremental and transformative steps toward sustainable agriculture, international development opportunities, current agricultural industries, educational pathways, and career options. Content includes emphasis on understanding the need for agricultural infrastructure and production, embracing sustainability, and appreciating broad-based, liberating (essential) education. ELO4 Global Learning - Sustainability

AGRI2100 Agricultural Management and Markets 3 s.h.
Overview of agricultural management and markets including exposure to management of commodity/livestock production, product differentiation/promotion, pricing issues, and distribution opportunities/challenges. Prerequisite: ECON1320 Microeconomics.

AGRI3100 Agricultural Finance and Resource Allocation 3 s.h.
Application of economics and financial resource allocation to agricultural businesses from producer to distributor to the end consumer. Content includes equity and credit practices for operations and for capital investments. Prerequisite: ECON1320 Microeconomics.

AGRI3200 Agricultural Accounting and Taxation 3 s.h.
Exposure to accounting methods and taxation policies specific to agricultural producers and businesses. Prerequisite: ACCT2310 Financial Accounting.

AGRI3700 Internship in Agricultural Business 1 - 3 s.h.
Internship with professionals who are in agricultural business. The student takes an active role in identifying and arranging for a field sponsor. Repeatable to a maximum of 12 hours. (Graded on a Pass/Fail basis.) Prerequisite: Instructor’s consent.

AGRI3900 Topics in Agricultural Business 1 - 3 s.h.
Selected topics in agricultural business as determined by student interest and instructor expertise. Topics will be announced prior to each semester they are offered. Course may be repeated for credit when the topics vary.

AGRI4700 Agricultural Business Practicum 3 s.h.
A capstone experience for students to apply their skills and education in agricultural business in a practicum setting (preferably in the type of business in which they gain future employment) and present their experience and education in a seminar with other students.

BUAD1420 Math for Decision Making 3 s.h.
A beginning course in finite mathematics and calculus for students in business, economics, management, and the social and life sciences. Prerequisites: Two years of high school algebra.

BUAD3330 Principles of Marketing 3 s.h.
A decision-oriented overview of marketing management in modern organizations. The most basic objectives of the course are to provide students with a broad introduction to marketing concepts, the role of marketing in society and in the firm, and the various factors that influence marketing decision-making. Students will be exposed to and expected to learn the "language of marketing" (that is, terms, concepts, and frameworks) used by practicing marketing managers. Prerequisite: ECON1320.

BUAD3340 Business Law 3 s.h.
Study of legal rules governing the usual business transactions and relations. Consideration of selected cases in areas such as contracts, agency, sales, negotiable instruments, private property, and bankruptcy. Prerequisite: Junior standing or above.

ECON1300 Principles of Macroeconomics 3 s.h.
Analysis of the fundamental principles of the American economic system, centering on price, national income, international trade and finance, fiscal policy, monetary policy, money, and banking. Prerequisite: 1 year high school algebra; geometry recommended. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - World Citizenship

ECON1320 Principles of Microeconomics 3 s.h.
Analysis of the fundamental principles of the American economic system, centering on price, production, market structures, and a survey of contemporary economic problems, e.g. sustainability. Goal 1C, ELO5 Social Science - Sustainability

MATH1380 Introduction to Statistics 3 s.h.
Data analysis and measures of central tendency, dispersion, and correlation. Introduction to probability. Estimation and hypothesis testing. Bivariate regression. Elementary ANOVA. Introduction to nonparametric techniques. Prerequisite: 1 year high school algebra. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math

MATH1510 Calculus I 3 s.h.
Limits, continuity, derivative, mean-value theorem, simple integration, fundamental theorem of calculus. Prerequisite: 2 years high school algebra. Goal 3A, ELO6 Math