Note: the Agroecology Summer Intensive is also available as part of the Sustainable Food Systems major.
Minor in agroecology
18-19 credit hours
Agroecology Summer Intensive at Merry Lea
- Sust 210, Animal Husbandry 3
- Sust 215, Food Systems 3
- Sust 316, Crop & Soil Management4
- Sust 318, Ecology of Agricultural Systems4
- Sust 408, Internship (on-farm) 1
- One of the following courses: 3-4
- Biol 201, Botany (4)
- Biol 308, General Entomology (4)
- Bus 316, Principles of Marketing (3)
Student learning outcomes
Graduates with a minor in agroecology will:
- Demonstrate on-farm practical knowledge and skills related to soil/plant management and animal husbandry.
- Translate practical knowledge of livestock, crops, and soils to a wide range of farm contexts across food systems.
- Understand how farms and food enterprises are part of complex coupled human-environmental systems.
- Follow the flows of energy, materials, and information through agroecosystems of varying scales and designs.
- Extend first-person knowledge beyond food production into processing, packaging, distribution, consumption, and food waste.
- Experience the power of food within communities through food access, food literacy, food cultures, and human health.
- Network and hone communication skills by interacting with professionals from diverse sectors of the food system in multiple contexts.
- Understand how morals, ethics, and/or spiritual beliefs influence decision making in food systems.
- Develop a personal ethic and the real-world skills to work towards individual and communal action for lasting change in food systems.
For more information about the Agroecology Summer Intensive (ASI), see www.goshen.edu/academics/agroecology-summer-intensive.
A certificate of completion is available for ASI participants who do not wish to earn academic credit.