- Degrees Available:
- Major: Yes
- Minor: Yes
- Graduate Degree: No
- Campus: Macomb
- Study Opportunities:
- Teacher Certification
- Graduate Studies
Undergraduate Majors, Minors & Programs of Study
- Agricultural Business
- Agricultural Science
- Teacher certification in Agriculture
Agriculture is the United States' largest industry - twenty percent of the work force is employed in the production, marketing, transporting, processing, and distribution of agricultural products. The study of Agriculture provides a broad education including the physical, biological, social science, and technical aspects of agriculture.
Agriculture majors generally enter areas of work including business and industry; agricultural production; research, teaching or graduate studies; or government work. Students entering their junior year at WIU can participate in an internship in their chosen area of study. The goal of the internship is to provide professional agricultural experiences in the operation and management of agricultural businesses or public or private agencies.
Why Agriculture at WIU?
The Department of Agriculture's faculty members provide students with a unique blend of educational qualifications and work experience. While the majority of the faculty hold doctoral degrees from a number of distinguished universities, all of the teaching faculty have extensive work experience, ranging from local farm management to international agricultural trade negotiations. The faculty members' ability to bring their extensive work experience to the classroom ensures that student learning will be relevant, practical, and reflect contemporary operational thinking.
The Department of Agriculture offers numerous hands-on learning experiences in classrooms, in laboratories, and in the field. Students and faculty work together with agribusinesses, in Western's agricultural field laboratories, and with Western's herds, applying state-of-the-art techniques and technologies to the challenges involved in making the world's food chain work. Students use the skills they have learned as they work in Illinois, elsewhere in the United States, and throughout the world. In addition, internships are available that allow students to earn money while receiving academic credits.