The Regina Roth Applied Agricultural and Food Studies major at Morningside College is anchored in the liberal arts tradition, which distinguishes it from agriculture programs offered at many large, state universities. The program ensures that students gain a thorough understanding of agriculture and at the same time develop their communication, critial thinking and analytic skills.
Listed below are a few of the other distinctive features of the Applied Agricultural and Food Studies program at Morningside.
Morningside graduates are recognized by their passion for lifelong learning and dedication to ethical leadership and civic responsibility. Agricultural professionals are leaders in their communities. Industry is looking for dedicated, engaged individuals to continue this tradition. Morningside students are well positioned to compete for these leadership roles in industry and will be actively engaged in their communities.
Morningside offers small class sizes and a close-knit learning community. Students here focus on making connections between disciplines, building relationships with professors and professionals in the field, and developing communication, critical thinking, and analytical skills.
Game changer: The Morningside Paid Externship
Some of the biggest agribusiness leaders in the tri-state region have joined with Morningside in designing the Applied Agricultural and Food Studies program. These and other area businesses will become the proving ground for AAFS majors participating in paid, semester-long externships where they work side-by-side with management and production teams doing real agriculture in the real world.
Whether it’s agribusiness, row crop farming, livestock production, agricultural marketing, food processing, food safety laboratories, agribusiness lending and financial planning, or community nutrition programs, Morningside paid externships will connect students with work opportunities closely aligned to their own interests.
Morningside College Farm
Students design, implement, and gather data on how different cropping systems affect crop yield, farm profitability, soil health and models of long-term sustainability.