Mission, Goals and Objectives

Mission

The Mission of the Agricultural Studies Program is to provide students with an understanding of basic economic principles governing the production and distribution of agricultural resources; agricultural and environmental resource management; pre- and post- production business and marketing practices; physical, chemical, and biological principles of agroecosystems; global perspectives on food issues; restorative and sustainable agricultural practices; spatial and quantitative techniques; the social context of agricultural production; and public policy, regulatory, and land use issues.

In pursuing this mission, the program encourages students to critically assess agricultural issues and trends; provides students with opportunities to systematically develop the communicative, analytical, quantitative, and critical thinking skills exposes students to diverse teaching and learning strategies in a number of academic disciplines; and delivers a high quality academic program that prepares students for emerging professional opportunities.

Program Goals

  • Enable California State University, Stanislaus to pursue a program that is consistent with its liberal arts mission;
  • Foster the development of sustainable relationships with area community colleges through the implementation of a €œ2+2€ program design;
  • Increase student access to an academic program in the area in which they reside;
  • Strengthen ties between the University and the region€™s agricultural and educational communities;
  • Provide academic departments at California State University, Stanislaus with the opportunity and incentives to collaborate through the delivery of a multidisciplinary major;
  • Strengthen ties between the University and the other CSU agriculture campuses capitalizing on the diversity and depth of those programs through collaborative efforts and course offerings; and
  • Offer an academic program not replicated elsewhere that meets educational needs of geographically bound students in the northern San Joaquin Valley and Central Sierra Foothills.

Student Learning Objectives

Students will:

  • Explain basic economic principles with respect to the production and distribution of agricultural resources;
  • Explain the principles of agricultural and environmental resource management;
  • Describe agricultural business and marketing practices;
  • Explain the physical, chemical, and biological principles of agroecosystems;
  • Summarize global perspectives on food issues;
  • Provide examples of restorative and sustainable agricultural practices;
  • Describe spatial and other quantitative techniques;
  • Explain the social context of agricultural production;
  • Understand public policy, regulatory, and land use issues;
  • Critically assess agricultural issues and trends;
  • Systematically develop communicative, analytical, quantitative, and critical thinking skills;
  • Be exposed to diverse teaching and learning strategies in a number of academic disciplines;
  • Gain applied experience through internships and service learning;
  • Experience a high quality academic program that prepares them for changing and emerging professional opportunities in the region; and
  • Be involved in an educational experience that helps prepare them for graduate studies and teaching.