By combining the fundamentals of business with a background in science, students will gain skills necessary to become industry leaders in careers such as agricultural management, commodity trading and finance. This program will allow students to develop expertise in agricultural finance, management, marketing, and agricultural price risk management.

The agribusiness major will provide students with a:

  • - strong foundation in business and agriculture
  • - firm understanding of the science behind crops, soils, animals and sustainability.
  • - knowledge to navigate agriculture and business operations, evaluate financial decisions in the agriculture industry, make decisions about commodity markets and operate analytical and managerial technologies. 


Internship Opportunities

With several small grain grain elevators, cooperatives and agriculture operations nearby to a large global commodity trading firm, students will receive real-world experiences prior to graduation. From flying drones over fields to determine crop conditions to navigating the trading floor, the internship opportunities are just one of exceptional aspects of Millikin’s agribusiness program.

Career Opportunities

Graduates from the agribusiness program find career opportunities in sales, finance, grain and livestock marketing, farm management, food industry management and the commodity futures industry. 

Contact Us

Dr. Shailesh (Sam) Patel - sspatel@millikin.edu
Dr. Carrie Trimble - ctrimble@millikin.edu
Dean RJ Podeschi - rpodeschi@millikin.edu

Required Courses

Courses change each semester, so this list should not be considered a commitment to these individual topics. However, this does represent a list of many of our current and popular courses. The list is provided so that you can begin to imagine your academic career at Millikin in this major.

Agribusiness Course List

Agribusiness 8-Semester Plan

 

Agribusiness Major (57 credits)

Business Fundamentals (27 credits)

  • ET100 Business Creation
  • IS120 Intro to Business Analytics
  • IS240 Foundations of Information Systems
  • AC230 Intro to Financial Statements
  • AC240 Principles of Managerial Accounting
  • EC100 Principles of Macroeconomics OR EC110 Principles of Microeconomics
  • BU250 Written Business Communication
  • MK200 Principles of Marketing
  • FI340 Intro to Financial Management

 

Agribusiness Major Courses (30 credits)

  • BU260 Business Law
  • AG300 Ag Business Management
  • AG200 Ag Economics I
  • AG310 Ag Economics II
  • FI354 International Trade & Finance OR FI314 Insurance
  • MK310 Personal Selling and Sales Management
  • AG471 Agribusiness Internship

 

Agribusiness Electives (choose 9 credits)

  • CO101 Communication Theory
  • CO204 Research Methods in Communication
  • CO330 Interpersonal Communication
  • ET235 Customer Discovery
  • ET383 Innovation Lab
  • ET400 Small Business Consulting
  • MK308 Consumer Behavior and Analytics
  • MK363 Brand Loyalty through Digital Media
  • MG300 Organizational Behavior and Change
  • MG370 Operations Management
  • FI352 Investments
  • Other courses as approved by Chair or Dean

 

Course Descriptions

AG2XX. Ag Economics I Identify and discuss agricultural marketing and the economic forces at work in food, feed, energy recreation, fertilizers, fiber, chemicals, andremediation.Recognize and describe domestic and international barriers and policies that restrict and enhance agribusiness activities and profit. Introduction to economic ways of thinking about a wide range of problems and issues. Topics include consumption, production, prices, markets,finance, trade, pollution, growth, farms, taxes, and development. (3 credits)
AG3XX. Ag Economics II Students will learn rigorous intermediate microeconomic theory through applications to areas such as agriculture, development, finance, consumer behavior, and the environment. To provide students with an overview and an understanding of the theory guiding production economics as applied to agricultural problems and of the empirical methodologies used to study agricultural production problems. (3 credits)
AG3XX. Agribusiness Management Emphasizes the development of a business plan for the farm or agriculture-related business. The decision-making process, budgeting (enterprise, partial, business, and cash-flow), setting priorities, production efficiency and related topics are important components of the course. For students interested in careers leading to managerial positions in the grain, feed, fertilizer, farm petroleum and related agricultural industries. The focus is on the use of financial statements, operating and managerial functions, communication, and the inter-personal work environment within an organization. (3 credits)
AG471. Agribusiness Internship A cooperative course between the University and selected business establishments to develop further the professional training of agribusiness majors. Combination of work experience and written reports. Pre-requisite: consent of Internship Coordinator. (1-3 credits)