International Courses

International Courses

AGNR's critical mission in education prepares students to work in internationally focused organizations, whether in the fields of development, food safety, or sustainable agriculture, among others.   Below are AGNR courses or programs that include an international component. 

Students interested in earning a certificate or minor in studies with an international focus, may find the Programs below will prepare them with in-depth knowledge of challenges facing our world as we strive to feed a population of over 7 billion people.  


International Agriculture Certificate Global Poverty minor 
Peace Corps Prep is not an AGNR program but courses in the college are eligible for credit in the PCP program.


Global Classrooms are semester courses in which UMD students and students at an international university are connected in an on-line classroom to learn about challenges in other countries.  Students work in groups on assignments which aides them in developing cross-cultural understanding and communication skills.  A few courses offered since 2019:

  • AREC360 Global Agriculture: Developing Extension Education & Agriculture Technologies in Africa
  • NFSC230 Global Nutrition Sensitive Food Systems

Departmental Courses

Agricultural and Resource Economics

AREC 345  Global Poverty and Economic Development
AREC360   Global Agriculture: Developing Extension Education & Agriculture Technologies in Africa
AREC 365  World Hunger, Population, and Food Supplies
AREC 433   Food and Agricultural Policy        
AREC 447   The Economy of China

Animal and Avian Sciences

HONR268Z  Catastrophic animal and human disease outbreaks

Environmental Science and Technology

ENST 100   International Crop Production: Issues and Challenges in the 21st Century
ENST 360   Ecosystem Ecology
ENST 499L Ground Water Use in the Developing World

Nutrition and Food Science

NFSC230 Global Nutrition Sensitive Food Systems
NFSC 425 International Nutrition (has not been offered in several yrs)

Plant Sciences and Landscape Architecture

PLSC 125  Feeding Nine Billion by 2050: Food Security and Crop Protection
PLSC 303  Global Food Systems

Study Abroad Courses

UMD has a rich library of study abroad courses that engage students in experiences that combine classroom instruction and hands-on learning.  For example, our college has two courses exploring New Zealand, one that focuses on ecosystems and the other on sustainable built environments.   Our faculty also teach courses in Peru, Liberia, Italy, among others.

There are generally two kinds of experiences:

  • "Student Exchange" is usually a semester long in which the student takes classes full-time. It is like being enrolled at a university.  It's a great way to be immersed in a culture.
  • "Study Abroad" usually is one class that is 2-3 weeks long for 2-4 credits. The number of credits varies.

Students may consult their advisor and the Education Abroad office for more information.

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