Humanities and/or Social Sciences (15 credits)

The objectives of the humanities and social sciences component of the agriculture core curriculum are for students to acquire a fundamental understanding of economics and will provide students with the ability to examine systematically and quantitatively how economic, social, cultural, and political systems function and interact with one another and understand how individuals and groups contribute to the fabric of our diverse society. Humanities courses encourage students to broaden their intellectual perspectives beyond their selected fields of study. It is hoped that by viewing their own lives in a broader context of human experience, and by examining their own preconceptions and beliefs and those of others, students will gain a greater appreciation for the depth and breadth of human culture and their place within it.

Each plan of study must include 3 credits of economics, 3 credits of University Curriculum Council (UCC) approved humanities selection, plus 9 credits of additional humanities and social science selectives (approved by the Agriculture Curriculum and Student Relations Committee) of which at least 3 credits must be at the 30000 level or higher. Of these 15 credits, at least nine must be from outside the College of Agriculture.


Courses meeting the economics selective requirement (unless superseded by departmental requirements – refer to individual plans of study) include:

  • (3) AGEC 20300 (Introductory Microeconomics for Food and Agribusiness)
  • (3) AGEC 20400 (Introduction to Resource Economics and Environmental Policy)
  • (3) AGEC 21700 (Economics)
  • (3) ECON 21000 (Principles of Economics)
  • (3) ECON 25100 (Microeconomics)
  • (3) ECON 25200 (Macroeconomics)

Plans of study may include AGEC 21700 or ECON 21000, but not both.

Humanities and/or Social Sciences

A list of courses meeting the UCC Humanities Selective requirement is available from the University Curriculum Council website.

Additionally, these courses, along with courses meeting the humanities and social science selective categories, are included in the Ag Core course listing:

Ag Core Courses in (filterable) Excel format

Often, students meet the international understanding or multicultural awareness requirement with the humanities and social science selections, so wise selection is recommended.