Applied Agriculture and Food Studies


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Morningside’s location in Sioux City and the tri-state region places us in the heart of one of the most productive agricultural regions in the world. Both our Siouxland location and the number of businesses in the area with ties to agriculture have made the Morningside University Regina Roth Agricultural and Food Studies department a critical regional resource. The Applied Food and Studies program is designed to give you a broad understanding of how agriculture and food production work preparing you for success after you graduate. You can also choose to pair it with a relevant minor to gain a more focused degree.


Agricultural and Food Studies (B.A.)


Agricultural Teaching Education (B.S. )


Applied Agricultural and Food Studies (B.S.)




Agricultural Communication


Agricultural Studies




Environmental Policy/Law


Food Safety


A Great Fit For

  • Those wishing to develop a broad understanding of the agriculture industry with access to unique opportunities in Sioux City, the state of Iowa, and beyond.
  •  Preparing you for a wide range of career opportunities.
  • Gaining real-world experiences through interaction with business and industry professionals, clubs and organizations, travel opportunities, externships, and more.
  • Developing leadership skills through co-curricular activities and research opportunities.
  • Enjoying the opportunities and advantages of being a student at a small private college that allows you to immerse yourself in your education and get involved in unique experiences more quickly.


Hands on Learning Environment

You'll have access to our 3,300 square-foot state-of-the-art greenhouse, the Lags Learning Farm, campus garden, and more to give you hands on experience outside the classroom preparing you for success.

Externship Program

Our externship program allows you to participate in a paid, semester-long externship in Sioux City, greater Iowa or beyond and work side-by-side with management and production teams doing real agriculture in the real world.

Career Opportunities

Morningside graduates of the agriculture and food studies program have gone ton to careers at Tyson Foods, Palmer Candy Company, U.S. Department of Agriculture, Farm Credit Administration, and more.



This entry-level agri-business course will provide a broad look at “getting things done” in an agricultural business context. Students will develop philosophies and skills for ethical decision-making. Students will begin to develop skills needed in the modern agribusiness context including confrontation, ethical resilience, and leadership. Corporate social responsibility, agribusiness fundamentals and agribusiness protocol will be integrated throughout the course.


This course introduces the basics of agricultural production systems management, as well as identifying and describing external factors that influence these systems. System design, function, impact and technology integration are studied through SWOT analyses of real-world Agriculture systems.


Students will work in a field of their choice for a semester receiving on-the-job training shadowing professionals to learn more about the field.


The course covers the great revolutions in food and agriculture from the origins of cooking to the globalization of food and agricultural chains. The focus of the course is global. Food and agriculture are studied as a theme across the centuries and as part of other historical events. The course includes the study of interconnections of food and agriculture from the past to the present. Themes to be studied include: impact of cooking and agriculture in building societies, the development of crops, and the impact of food and agriculture culturally, socially, and economically.


The Applied Agriculture and Food Studies degree program provides students with a strong core background in agriculture and is designed to be paired with one or more agricultural minors to provide an in-depth focus for a student’s given area of interest”.



As a Regina Roth Agricultural and Food Studies student, you’ll learn how different agricultural production and business systems affect crop yield, farm profitability, soil health, and models of long-term sustainability.  You’ll also have access to our state-of-the-art facilities giving you hands-on experience for the real world.

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Thomas Paulsen

Thomas Paulsen

Applied Agriculture & Food Studies Department Head/Professor

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Annie Kinwa-Muzinga

Annie Kinwa-Muzinga


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Keren Brooks

Keren Brooks

Assistant Professor

Morningside is full of students, faculty, and staff who seek, not only a great educational experience, but also to build and sustain communities. It is exciting, rewarding, and encouraging to work in an environment that is dedicated to uplifting others.

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Deanne McKenna

Deanne McKenna

Adjunct Faculty

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Melissa Nelson

Melissa Nelson

Internship/Externship Coordinator

Morningside feels like home to me. I know that sounds cliche, but it truly does. As a rural, small town kid, I love the sense of community that is felt through every aspect of work and life at Morningside University. I love getting to know my students and helping them on their path to a career that they will love and succeed in.

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Daniel Witten

Daniel Witten

Assistant Professor

I love working in the close knit environment that Mside provides. Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone and make connections.

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Nicholas Schoenfelder

Nicholas Schoenfelder

Adjunct Faculty

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Still looking for the right fit? Here are some additional program options that we think might interest you or are often paired with this program. You can also view the programs page to keep exploring your options.


Business Administration


Education and Special Education

Pre-Vet Preprofessional Studies



student/faculty ratio so you’re assured a quality education focused on you


employed or in graduate school within six months of graduation


majors & pre-professional programs available


Graduates often find themselves in high-demand roles such as Agronomists, Ag Loan Officers, and Food Scientists, filling crucial positions in the agriculture industry and beyond.

Check out where some of our Alumni have landed below.

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