Welcome to AREC

We're not just thinking about short-term goals; we're aiming for a lasting impact that will stretch across centuries.

And here's where your journey begins. Choosing The Agricultural and Resource Economics Department, whether for undergraduate or graduate studies, is more than a personal decision; it's an investment in shaping solutions for climate change and navigating the complexities of agricultural economics. Together, as a community of scholars and professionals, we are crafting enduring strategies that ensure the sustainability of our world for generations to come.

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AREC Department

Welcome to the Agricultural and Resource Economics (AREC) Department – a hub of excellence dedicated to agricultural economics, environmental and natural resource economics, and economic development. What does that mean? At the heart of the AREC Department's mission is a commitment to addressing big challenges like climate change and world hunger that impact people worldwide.

Immerse yourself in a world-class academic experience where our faculty, renowned for their scholarship and research, bring a wealth of policy experience and professional service to the table. Our top-ranked Ph.D. program attracts a diverse and high-caliber student body from the U.S. and around the globe.

Discover our undergraduate concentrations in agricultural and resource economics, agribusiness, and environmental and resource economics, alongside the engaging global poverty minor. Here, our undergrad students have the unique opportunity to learn from leading scholars in intimate class settings, fostering a rich and personalized learning environment.

Beyond the classroom, our policy and public education programs tackle issues of paramount importance at local, state, national, and international levels. Join us in shaping the future of agricultural and resource economics while making a meaningful impact on a global scale. Welcome to a place where knowledge meets action, and your journey toward shaping a better future begins.

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Prospective Students

From College to Career

As an AREC major, you will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty in courses that focus on the real-world application of applied economics. The major of Agricultural and Resource Economics consistently ranks as one of the best majors for job placement. 

Join us and start your journey towards a successful career. We are here to help you every step of the way. We offer two undergraduate degrees and an undergraduate minor, as well as graduate degrees

What can you do with a major in Agricultural and Resource Economics? Check out this resource to gain a perspective. 

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Whether you graduated last year or 50 years ago, there’s no better time than now to be a part of Maryland’s Fearless Ideas. The College of Agriculture and Natural Resources Alumni Network is one of the numerous academic networks within the University of Maryland Alumni Association that allows you to remain an active and engaged member of our community.

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Through the generosity of alumni, industry partners, and friends of the college, the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (AGNR) offers scholarships to talented undergraduate and graduate students who are enrolled in one of our academic majors. AGNR scholarships, as well as department-based scholarships, are awarded based on merit, scholarship application materials, and a variety of other factors. Please review the following sections to determine which scholarships you are eligible to apply for. If you have any questions, please contact our Coordinator for Recruitment, April Brohawn at