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Civic Agriculture and Food Systems Minor

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Civic Agriculture and Food Systems Minor

The Civic Agriculture and Food Systems minor provides the opportunity for both interdisciplinary and community-based learning, as well as active engagement in and outside the classroom. Housed within the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences’ (CALS) Office of Academic Programs, the CAFS minor embodies a commitment to developing and strengthening an economically, environmentally, and socially sustainable agriculture and food system. This interdisciplinary minor provides students with knowledge and skills to promote academic enhancement, personal growth, and civic engagement through reflection and experiential practice to address and solve ‘real-world’ problems.

Minor cornerstones: 

  • Food security/sovereignty
  • Civic engagement/democratic participation
  • Strong local economies
  • Ecological stewardship
  • Healthy people/communities
  • Collaborative teaching and experiential learning
Pathways diagram of minor



The 18-credit Civic Agriculture and Life Sciences minor has four required agriculture and life sciences courses (3 credits each).

ALS 2204: Introduction to Civic Agriculture
ALS 3404: Ecological Agriculture: Theory and Practice
ALS 4204: Concepts in Community Food Systems
ALS 4214: Capstone: Civic Agriculture and Food Systems

Students select the remaining six credits from a list of cross-disciplinary College of Agriculture and Life Sciences departmental courses that complement the minor. For a complete list of elective courses, consult the checksheet (follow this link, click on 'checksheets', scroll down to Minors, and find the minor checksheet you're interested in).

Who is it for?

The minor is for students in any major interested in the minor cornerstones, particularly students looking to integrate knowledge and skills in civic agriculture and food systems into personal, civic, and professional practice.

Find out all about this minor; see the official Civic Agriculture and Food Systems Minor brochure.

Core Concepts

1a - Advanced/ Applied Discourse
3 - Reasoning in the Social Sciences
4 - Reasoning in the Natural Sciences
6d - Critique and Practice in Design & the Arts

Integrative Concepts

> Ethical Reasoning
> Intercultural and Global Awareness