Undergraduate Program (BS)

Land, Farming and Community

Did you ever consider how your meal was produced? Do you know where it was grown, who planted it or how far it traveled? 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 makes you a perfect pick to meet the demands of this vital and exciting field of study.

Sample Four-Year Land, Farming and Community Course Sequence

First Year

First Semester Semester Hours
Historical Perspective 3
BIOLOGY 160/161 General Biology I and Lab 4
ENGLISH 101 English Composition 3
Foreign Language I 3
THEOLOGY 111 Theological Foundations 3
CORE 101: GOA Co-Curriculum Program I 0
Second Semester Semester Hours
BIOLOGY 162/163 General Biology II and LAB 4
SUSTAINABILITY 391 LAND Practicum 1
Foreign Language II 3
Mathematical Perspective 3
First Year Seminar 3
CORE 102: GOA Co-Curriculum Program II 0

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Sophomore

First Semester Semester Hours
SUSTAINABILITY 370/371 Agroecology and Lab 4
BIOLOGY 250/251 Ecology and Lab 4
ECONOMICS 200 Microeconomic Principles 3
ACCOUNTING 200 Introductory Financial Accounting 3
SUSTAINABILITY 391 LAND Practicum 1
MANAGEMENT 300: Management Behavior 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
HISTORY 398 History of Agriculture 3
THEOLOGY 389: Theologies of Food and Farming 3
MANAGEMENT 305: Creativity and Innovation 3
SUSTAINABILITY 391 LAND Practicum 1
PHILOSOPHY 100 Ethics as Intro to Philosophy 3
General Elective 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Junior

First Semester Semester Hours
BIOLOGY 210 General Botany 5
BIOLOGY 270/271 Introduction to Entomology 5
ECONOMICS 320 Environment & Natural Resource Economics 3
SUSTAINABILITY 391 LAND Practicum 1
SUSTAINABILITY 405 Sustainable Communities 3
ENGLISH 205 Literature and Moral Imagination 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
ECONOMICS 421 Environment, Economics, and Policy 3
SUSTAINABILITY 393 LAND Practicum 3
Creative Perspective 3
ENGLISH 205 Literature and the Moral Imagination 3
PHILOSOPHY 290 Philosophical Perspectives 3
MARKETING 300 Principles of Marketing 3
ENTREPRENEUR 311 New Venture Planning 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Senior

First Semester Semester Hours
SUSTAINABILITY 399 LAND Practicum 9
SUSTAINABILITY 400 LAND Capstone 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
SUSTAINABILITY 399 LAND Practicum 9
SUSTAINABILITY 400 LAND Capstone 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

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.

Theologies of Food and Farm (THEO 389) - This class evaluates the dominant global food system and emerging alternatives from a theological, spiritual, and ethical perspective. The primary source of theological perspectives is the Christian tradition, but the course also engages some Jewish, Buddhist, Native American, and Islamic sources. The class includes a community-engaged learning dimension.

100% of Xavier Land, Farming and Community Majors are employed, attending grad school or working in service or volunteer positions within six months of graduation.

100%

of Xavier Land, Farming and Community Majors are employed, attending grad school or working in service or volunteer positions within six months of graduation.

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LEARNING OUTSIDE THE CLASSROOM

You'll complete seven semesters of off-campus practicum, where you'll experience agriculture, farm to table practices, community gardening and more. Make connections and get summer jobs or internships working with local nonprofits and regional farms. Spend a semester studying in Sweden with sustainability experts.

PERSONAL ATTENTION

Small class sizes allow you to ask the right questions, make valuable connections and get the attention you need to succeed and learn. On top of that, our Career Development mentoring program will connect you with a Cincinnati-based professional in your field.

CINCINNATI'S GREEN INITIATIVES

Cincinnati is home to innovative cooperatives and projects and people who partner with students in our program. You'll 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.

Xavier by the numbers

20

AVERAGE SIZE OF CLASSES

93%

OF SENIORS RATE THEIR EXPERIENCE AS GOOD OR EXCELLENT

65,000+

XAVIER GRADUATES ACROSS THE GLOBE

ALL

STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN RESEARCH AND FIELD OPPORTUNITIES

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AFTER GRADUATION

With a LAND degree, you're one step closer to becoming a(n)

  • Agricultural engineer
  • Botanist
  • Crop consultant
  • Business consultant
  • Irrigation specialist

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