College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Agricultural & Resource Economics

Global Poverty

The minor develops an awareness and understanding of the dimensions of global poverty, its causes and consequences, and the scope of policies aimed at poverty alleviation.  Students will discover how incentives, resources, and social and political institutions influence the incidence of poverty across and within countries.  The Minor will explore the relationships between poverty and determinants of human welfare such as hunger, health, education and environmental quality.  This minor is open to students of all majors, with the usual stipulation that no more than six credits can be used to meet requirements of a major and of a minor.

Course requirements:

Students must complete at least 15 credits in the Minor including at least one of the following Signature courses in the Global Poverty Minor:

AREC 345

Global Poverty and Economic Development

AREC 365

World Hunger, Population and Food Supplies

and at least one signature course from another track in the Global Studies Minor Program:
BSST 330 Terrorist Motivations and Behaviors (Restriction: Must be in the Global Terrorism minor; or special permission available for students in other Global Studies minors.)
ENES 472 International Business Cultures in Engineering and Technology (preq. permission of department)
GEOG 130 Developing Countries
GEOG 330 As the World Turns: Society and Sustainability in a Time of Great Change
GVPT 306 Global Ecopolitics (preq. GVPT200)
The remaining credits must be completed from the following:
AREC 445 Agricultural Development, Population Growth and the Environment (preq. AREC326)
ECON 315

Economic Development of Underdeveloped Areas (preq. ECON200 and ECON201)

Credit only granted for: ECON315 or ECON416

ECON 375 Economics of Poverty and Discrimination(preq. ECON200 and ECON201 or ECON205)
ECON 416

Theory of Economic Development(preq. ECON325 AND ECON321)

Credit only granted for: ECON315 or ECON416

ECON 418 Economic Development of Selected Areas (preq. ECON326 and either ECON315 or ECON416)
ENST 100 International Crop Production-Issues and Challenges in the 21st Century
FMSC 381 Poverty, Affluence and Families (preq. SOCY100 or SOCY105)
GEOG 130 Developing Countries
HONR 228N Evaluating Global Development Assistance (preq. permission of University Honors Program)
HONR 228R Parenting and Poverty: The Effects of Growing up Poor on Children's Development (preq. permission of University Honors Program)
ANTH 265 Anthropology of Global Health
GVPT 282 Politics and the Developing World
GVPT 350 International Relations of the Third World (preq. GVPT200)
GEOG 423 (formerly GEOG313) Latin America
ECON 314 Economic History, Development and Policy (preq. ECON200 and ECON201)
ECON 317 Global Economic Policies (preq. ECON200 and ECON201)
NFSC 425 International Nutrition (preq. Must have completed one course in basic nutrition)
HIST 496 Africa Since Independence

3 credits of study abroad or 3 credits of an internship or experiential learning related to poverty and approved by advisor. This is optional.

Learn more about the Internship Program.

Learn more about study abroad programs.

A second Global Poverty signature course and additional signature courses from another Global Studies Minor may serve as electives provided they are not being used to satisfy the requirements of a different minor.  Students may also propose other courses to meet the elective requirement.  No course may be used to satisfy the requirements of more than one minor.  

At least 9 credits must be at the 300-400 level.

All courses presented for the minor must be passed with a grade of C- (1.7 gpa) or better.

Please note that some courses may require a prerequisite course. Please plan accordingly.

Declaring the minor:

To ensure appropriate academic advising, students who wish to pursue a Minor in Global Poverty should inform both the college responsible for their major and the Department of Agricultural and Resource Economics as early as possible, but in no case later than one full academic year before the expected date of graduation.  When a student has completed all requirements for the Minor, the Department shall notify the student's college, which verifies that the student has met all requirements and officially notifies the Registrar's Office. The completion of the Minor is posted on the student's official transcript only when the student completes all requirements for the bachelor's degree.

If you would like to enroll in the minor you must do the following

1) Complete the Interest form. *The interest form requires a signature from your major college.

2) Schedule an advising appointment with the Assistant Director:

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