Rural Studies Graduate Minor

Rural communities—both in the U.S. and globally—face an extraordinarily complex set of challenges due to sparse settlements and geographic isolation, exacerbated by globalization and technological change in an interdependent urban-rural system. Addressing these challenges requires both the theoretical insights of multiple disciplines and the practical wisdom that derives from engagement in solving actual problems in rural places. Emerging approaches to the study of rural people and places offer opportunities to examine rural issues from the perspective of multiple disciplines and diverse research methods that can capture the complexities at the intersections of place and space. Yet graduate training programs in these new approaches to rural studies are scarce.

Offered through campus and field-based experiential education, the graduate minor in Rural Studies provides students with the skills and competencies needed to understand economic, social, political and cultural dynamics of rural places.

The Rural Studies minor complements and supports other programs at OSU including the Master of Public Policy’s concentration in rural policy and other graduate programs where students and faculty engage in rural issues such as applied economics, anthropology, forest ecosystems and society, geosciences, and human development and family sciences.

Required Core
RS 512INTRODUCTION TO RURAL STUDIES2
RS 513CONTEMPORARY RURAL ISSUES2
Electives
Select a minimum of 14 credits of the following:14
RURAL DEVELOPMENT ECONOMICS AND POLICY
CASH, CLASS AND CULTURE: HUNTER-GATHERERS TO CAPITALISM
NATURAL RESOURCES AND COMMUNITY VALUES
ANTHROPOLOGY OF INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT
WEALTH AND POVERTY
ANTHROPOLOGY OF FOOD
SPECIAL TOPICS IN ANTHROPOLOGY (Ethnographic Field School)
SPECIAL TOPICS IN ANTHROPOLOGY (Rural Anthropology )
STUDIES IN AMERICAN LITERATURE, CULTURE, AND THE ENVIRONMENT
NATIVE AMERICAN LAW: TRIBES, TREATIES, AND THE U.S.
NATIVE AMERICAN PHILOSOPHIES
RESILIENCE-BASED NATURAL RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
GLOBAL RESOURCES AND DEVELOPMENT
LAND USE IN THE AMERICAN WEST
PLANNING PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES FOR RESILIENT COMMUNITIES
HEALTH DISPARITIES
FAMILIES AND POVERTY
ENVIRONMENTAL POLITICS AND POLICY
INDEPENDENT STUDY
SOCIAL ASPECTS OF SUSTAINABLE NATURAL RESOURCES (Ecampus only)
SOCIAL INEQUALITY
LEISURE AND CULTURE
SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY IN SOCIAL CONTEXT
THE SOCIOLOGY OF GLOBALIZATION
INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT: GENDER ISSUES
RURAL SOCIOLOGY
ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY
SOCIETY AND NATURAL RESOURCES
Total Hours18

Minor Code: 1080