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2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

International Agriculture and Natural Resources Minor

Globalization and feeding the world’s projected 2050 population of 9 billion has made international experiences nearly obligatory for students to excel in the professional workforce. This minor will prepare undergraduate students to sustainably meet the challenges of global food and natural resources security while concurrently conserving ecosystems and biodiversity.

The learning outcomes of this minor are:

  1. understand the interdependency across nations to produce food and natural resources,
  2. appreciate the connectedness of food and natural resources production on natural ecosystems and global processes, and
  3. comprehend strategies by which agricultural products and natural resource use can be sustainably procured.

More information on the minor can be obtained on the Herbert College of Agriculture (Herbert) website or by contacting the Herbert Student International Experiences Coordinator, Adam Willcox (974-1557, Students wishing to declare the minor must contact the Student International Experiences Coordinator for advising. The minor may also fulfill multiple requirements for the University of Tennessee Peace Corps Prep Program.

Minor Requirements

The minor consists of 15 hours, and includes five 3-hour courses from four categories. Some of the classes listed may have prerequisites. At least 8 credits must be at the 300 or 400 level.

Category 1 – International Agriculture and Natural Resources Sustainability

This category introduces students to explore global agriculture and natural resources issues. This will enable students to choose topics and courses of interest in Categories 2 and 3 as they progress in the minor. Students may choose the introductory course for the minor, AGNR 180 *. This course addresses global food and natural resources security and conservation issues by focusing on the interconnectedness of food and natural resources physical, cultural, political, and socioeconomic systems. This course also highlights current UTIA international research, teaching, and extension projects and prepares students to succeed during their international experience (see Category 2). Students unable to accommodate AGNR 180 * into their schedules may substitute any 100 or 200 level course from Category 3 below. Select one course:

Category 2 – Experience and Preparedness in International Agriculture and Natural Resources

Students will travel to a foreign country or attain intermediate proficiency in a foreign language to be competent in foreign cultures or languages. Students obtain international agriculture and natural resources travel educational experiences by taking a faculty-led study abroad course, completing an international internship, or enrolling in a foreign academic institution. Courses and internships not listed below must have an agriculture and natural resources focus and be approved by the Herbert Student International Experiences Coordinator. Alternatively, students can achieve preparedness to enter into the international agricultural workforce by attaining Intermediate II or Intensive Intermediate levels of language proficiency. Select one course:

Category 3 – Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources Courses with an International Focus

In this category, students will gain proficiency in international agriculture and natural resources in their areas of interest. The courses offered include all Herbert departments, ensuring flexibility so that all majors can tailor the minor to their academic concentrations. The courses also include non-Herbert courses with high international agriculture and natural resources content. Select two courses4.

Category 4 – Capstone in International Agriculture and Natural Resources

In category 4, students will gain a deeper understanding of international agriculture and natural resources by working with faculty on an independent study project or with peers in a group setting to address international agriculture and natural resources challenges. Select one course:


1 The international experience is a planned experience in a foreign country, such as a study abroad program, semester abroad, or internship, with approval on a case-by-case basis. AGNR 491  may be taken incrementally as 1 or 2 credit hours over time to achieve the 3 credit hours required for category 2. AGNR 491  may also count for Category 3 if Category 2 has been satisfied by either coursework or another AGNR 491  in a country(ies) different than the first.
2 ESS 220 * is normally taught during the fall or spring semester at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. This course can only meet the Category 2 requirement when it is taught at a non-US location (e.g., as mini-term in May in the Dominican Republic).
3 Students may select any course, internship, or experience offered at a foreign location during a mini-term, summer or semester abroad experience that transfers or provides 3 hours of credit at UTK. The course or internship must focus on agriculture and/or natural resources and should be pre-approved by the Herbert Student International Experiences Coordinator.
4 Students may substitute international study abroad courses from UT colleges other than Herbert to be added by petition. Students must provide syllabi from these courses to the Herbert Student International Experiences Coordinator that demonstrate adequate focus on international agriculture and natural resources.
5 Offered in fall semesters.
6 Offered in spring semesters.

* Meets University General Education Requirement .