Undergraduate Program

Summer 2015 Numbers

  • Education Abroad - 5 students in 3 countries (Australia, Czech Republic, Canada) for 2 weeks to 6 months.
  • Research Project - 1 student in an International Research project with New Zealand
  • Internship Abroad - 3 students in 3 countries (South Africa, Thailand, Nicaragua) for 2 months.
  • Internship - Out-of-State - 8 students in 5+ states.
  • Internship - In-State - 22 students in 22 jobs as individual as each one of them.

Experiential Education

Experiential - "Involving or based on experience and observation"1

Through experiential learning our students gain exposure to 'real-world' business opportunities, and international knowledge and skills, and for some, their first experience outside Kentucky. By going outside traditional academic settings, students gain a greater understanding and appreciation of what they are learning in the classroom. Experiential Education also allows students to seek career-related experience.

Students who entered our department in Fall 2014 or later are required to complete successfully an internship experience (AEC 399), education abroad (AEC 396), or undergraduate research (AEC 395) for graduation.

Type of Experiential Education in Agricultural Economics

Education Abroad
Photo of Chandler Purdom
Chandler Purdom, Class of 2015, discovered the importance of marketing and branding while on an Education Abroad trip to France.
Chandler Purdom's Symposium Poster

On her symposium poster, Chandler Purdom quoted Saint Augustine,

"The world is a book, and those who do not travel read only a page."
Perhaps in that quote, Chandler summarized the importance of Education Abroad.

AEC 396 - Education Abroad, provides academically sound international experiences for students. Students must apply for the Education Abroad program through the UK Internation Center Education Abroad & Exchanges Login website. Students must complete a poster to present at the Agricultural Economics Undergraduate Symposium as part of the program.

Currently, Agricultural Economics is planning the following Education Abroad programs:

  • International Agribusiness in Argentina, Spring 2016
  • Exploring Intercultural & Agricultural Development in Dominican Republic, Summer I 2016
  • International Food Marketing in France & Switzerland, Summer II 2016
Entrepreneurial Activity
Photo of Jason Miracle.
Jason Miracle, Class of 2015, and his fiance own a 105-acre farm on which he plans to raise cattle.
Jason's symposium poster.

What does it take to be an entrepreneur? We want to encourage the budding entrepreneur through guidance and education.

Students seeking credit for entrepreneurial activity must register for AEC 399 and complete a learning contract before registering for the class. Students must also complete a poster to present at the Agricultural Economics Undergraduate Symposium.

Independent Research
Alex Butler's Symposium Poster
Photo of Alex Butler
Alex Butler, Class of 2015, researched EPDs while interning as Assistant Herd Manager at Full Cry Farm.

Independent Research gives students an opportunity to deeply explore an area of interest.

AEC 395, Independent Research in Agricultural Economics, is offered every Fall and Spring semesters. Students integrate theory, previous literature, analytical tools and current research methodology to study a specific topic or question not offered in the Agricultural Economics curriculum.

Students meet regularly with instructors for discussion, advising and constructive criticism. Students must also complete a poster to present at the Agricultural Economics Undergraduate Symposium.

Internship
Photo of Mallie Myers on her last day interning at LATA
Mallie Myers, Class of 2016, is passionate about agriculture and has a profound interest in agricultural policy and law.
Mallie Myers Symposium Poster

Internships give students a great way to explore a career

An AEC 399 Internship can be paid or unpaid and provides a pre-professional learning experience with the explicit goal of training the intern for career advancement.

One credit is awarded for each 50 hours of scheduled time 'on the job' with a maximum of 3 credit hours per internship. Students must complete a learning contract before registering for the class. Students must also complete a poster to present at the Agricultural Economics Undergraduate Symposium.

1Oxford Dictionaries