College Establishes Minor in Sustainability
The world is looking to American agriculture to feed an additional 2 billion people by 2050 and American agriculture is counting on college students to bear a significant burden of the brainpower needed to meet that challenge.
(RIGHT) Monte Anderson, professor of agriculture, works with students in his horticulture class. The new minor, Sustainability, features a core curriculum of several agriculture courses, including horticulture, along with a number of electives that match students' career interests.
Wilmington College has established a new minor, Sustainability, that will officially debut in fall 2013. It features an interdisciplinary curriculum with 12 hours in agriculture courses and a dozen hours of electives, from across the academic spectrum, designed to dovetail with a student’s career interests.
“It takes students on different paths,” said Monte Anderson, professor of agriculture. “This will be a minor that complements a lot of different majors.
“We have a great agriculture program at Wilmington College,” he added. “Our graduates understand horticulture, soil science and crop and animal science, but, with sustainability, it’s not all about agriculture — there’s a political and societal side to the subject.”
Wilmington College's program in Agriculture prides itself on offering hands-on opportunties for its students in fields, farms, labs and classrooms. A prime example of our up close and personal teaching and learning occurred ths spring when students witnessed the birth of a calf at the College Farm.
The Agriculture program enriches the broad general education provided by Wilmington College with courses designed to prepare students either for graduate programs or for work in one of six broad areas of agriculture. These are: Agricultural Business, Agronomy, Animal Science, Production, Equine Studies and Vocational Agriculture teaching licensure.
For students entering with a two-year technical degree the Plant, Environmental, and Soil Science concentration provides a two year route to a B.Sc. degree.
Students with a major in another area of study may declare a Minor in Agriculture in Agricultural Business, Agronomy, Animal Science, or Horticulture. Only one concentration may be chosen. Students majoring in Agriculture may NOT also minor in Equine Studies.
Students interested in Equine Studies should go to their Program site.