Land, Farming and Community

Program Features

Today, opportunities in sustainability, horticulture and organic food production are among the fastest growing segments of the agriculture and farming industry. Xavier's unique blend of ethics, professional connections and practical experience prepares students to meet the demands of this vital and exciting field of study.

Curriculum

The sample course sequence below illustrates class offerings for the Land, Farming and Community major. Consult the official Xavier University course catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Fall

  • Historical Perspective ............ 3cr.
  • BIOLOGY 160/161 General Biology I and Lab............ 3cr.
  • ENGLISH 101 English Composition............ 3cr.
  • Foreign Language I............ 3cr.
  • THEOLOGY 111 Theological Foundations............ 3cr.
  • CORE 101: GOA Co-Curriculum Program I............ 0cr.

Spring

  • BIOLOGY 162/163 General Biology II and LAB............ 4cr.
  • SUSTAINABILITY 391 LAND Practicum............ 1cr.
  • Foreign Language II............ 3cr.
  • Mathematical Perspective............ 3cr.
  • First Year Seminar............ 3cr.
  • CORE 102: GOA Co-Curriculum Program II............ 0cr.

Fall

  • SUSTAINABILITY 370/371 Agroecology and Lab............ 4cr.
  • BIOLOGY 250/251 Ecology and Lab............ 4cr.
  • ECONOMICS 200 Microeconomic Principles............ 3cr.
  • ACCOUNTING 200 Introductory Financial Accounting............ 3cr.
  • SUSTAINABILITY 391 LAND Practicum............ 1cr.
  • MANAGEMENT 200: Management Behavior............ 3cr.

Spring

  • HISTORY 398 History of Agriculture............ 3cr.
  • THEOLOGY 389: Theologies of Food and Farming............ 3cr.
  • MANAGEMENT 305: Creativity and Innovation............ 3cr.
  • SUSTAINABILITY 391 LAND Practicum............ 1cr.
  • PHILOSOPHY 100 Ethics as Intro to Philosophy............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.

Fall

  • BIOLOGY 210 General Botany............ 5cr.
  • BIOLOGY 270/271 Introduction to Entomology............ 5cr.
  • ECONOMICS 320 Environment & Natural Resource Economics............ 3cr.
  • SUSTAINABILITY 391 LAND Practicum............ 1cr.
  • ENGLISH 205 Literature and Moral Imagination............ 3cr.

Spring

  • ECONOMICS 421 Environment, Economics, and Policy............ 3cr.
  • SUSTAINABILITY 393 LAND Practicum............ 3cr.
  • Creative Perspective............ 3cr.
  • ENGLISH 205 Literature and the Moral Imagination............ 3cr.
  • PHILOSOPHY 290 Philosophical Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • MARKETING 300 Principles of Marketing............ 3cr.
  • ENTREPRENEUR 311 New Venture Planning............ 3cr.

Fall

  • SUSTAINABILITY 399 LAND Practicum............ 9cr.
  • SUSTAINABILITY 400 LAND Capstone............ 3cr.

Spring

  • SUSTAINABILITY 399 LAND Practicum............ 9cr.
  • SUSTAINABILITY 400 LAND Capstone............ 3cr.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that's both challenging and personal. Here are some courses that are part of the Land, Farming and Community major at Xavier:

New Venture Planning (ENTR 311) - Identification and screening of business opportunities; analysis of personal, marketing, financial, and operational factors for start-ups; writing a business plan.

Agroecology (SUST 370) - This course will examine the various ways that biological, chemical, and human systems influence agriculture. Agroecology is a whole-systems approach to agriculture and food systems development based on traditional knowledge, alternative agriculture, and local food system experiences.

History of Agriculture (HIST 398) - Agriculture is both viewed as essential to civilization and as the critical development in fundamentally altering the human relationship to the environment (its soil, air and water systems). It is the examination of these contrasting realities that is at the heart of this course. Using Mazoyer and Roudart’s History of World Agriculture, this course examines the 10,000 year trajectory of agricultural intensification in multiple places in the world with an emphasis in Africa, Europe and the United States.

Clubs

Xavier Student Sustainability Club
Xavier Student Sustainability (XSS) provides students with opportunities to actively promote environmental initiatives on Xavier's campus and in the surrounding communities. Ongoing projects include move-in day recycling, office composting and educational events.

Animals, People & The Environment at Xavier
Animal lovers in this club host monthly events that advocate for animal rights. They also educate the wider Xavier community about animal rights and its impact on people and the environment.

All Xavier Clubs

Outcomes

98% of students from Xavier's College of Arts and Science programs, including the Land, Farming and Community major, are working, volunteering or in graduate school within six months of graduating.

Top Jobs: Food Systems Entrepreneur, Farmer, Agricultural Education, Community Garden Coordinator, Food Policy Worker, Health Systems Advocate, Green Infrastructure or Sustainability Consultant

Explore Xavier Alumni Outcomes

All for one

Xavier is ranked #1 for its excellent academic reputation among top competitors in the region. Students get the most out of their education, from rigorous classroom studies to experiential learning in the real world.

Class Outdoors

Students complete seven semesters of off-campus practicum, where they experience agriculture, farm to table practices, community gardening and more.


Personal Attention

Small class sizes allow students to ask the right questions, make valuable connections and get the attention they need to succeed and learn. On top of that, Xavier’s Career Development mentoring program connects them with a Cincinnati-based professional in their field.


Go to Career Development

Green Initiatives

Cincinnati is home to innovative cooperatives and projects and people who partner with students in our program. Students gain real-world working with sustainability directors from places like Procter and Gamble, city-level organizations like the EPA, political coalitions and cause-focused groups.


Land, Farming and Community Major at Xavier University

The Land, Farming and Community major at Xavier University combines business fundamentals, theological perspectives and economical systems with agricultural components on a biological, chemical and human level. Students evaluate the dominant global food systems and emerging alternatives from different angles to find optimal solutions to environmental issues.

Xavier University’s College of Arts and Sciences challenges students to develop an integrated understanding of humanity, the world, and God by pursuing the questions raised in Xavier's core and departmental curricula. The College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest college at Xavier University. The college provides an excellent liberal arts education in the Jesuit tradition that prepares students for careers, professional or graduate school, and life in a global society.

Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."