American Univesity of Beirut

Agricultural Economics

​​The program in agricultural economics offers students a rigorous yet enjoyable training in applied economic analysis and qualitative and quantitative techniques. The skills acquired by students in this program will equip them to pursue a professional career in the agro-food industry, government and non-governmental organizations, or pursue a Ph.D. in applied economics or related fields.

Program Learning Outcomes:

1- Apply Research to Practice: demonstrate ability to use relevant statistical methods and fact based protocols to identify and evaluate contextual variables affecting resources and environment, development economics, and farmers’ income, then accordingly formulate an integrated sustainable livelihoods strategy.​

2- Advanced Core Knowledge in the Discipline: successfully complete courses in production economics, resource and environmental economics and rural development. Demonstrate efficiency in resolving case studies in the aforementioned areas and planning field and theoretical research. 

3- Scholarly Communication Skills: able to efficiently present research subjects relating to agricultural production economics, economic development, environmental degradation and demographic, social and cultural change in the rural context.

4- Professionalism and Ethical Conduct: apply ethical considerations in the formulation of sustainable production approaches, and show proof of WEFRAH​ cente​red rational, as pertaining to sustainability of resources, and its effects on livelihoods.


AGSC 301             Statistical Methods in Agriculture                                                      2.3; 3 cr.

An investigation of the statistical techniques needed to design experiments and analyze and interpret agricultural research data. Prerequisites: STAT 210 or EDUC 227 and CMPS 209.  Fall and spring.

AGSC 325             Production Economics                                                                        3.​0; 3 cr.

Focuses on the organization of farmers for higher income through improved resource use and competitive position.

AGSC 376             Resource and Environmental Economics                                         3.0; 3 cr.

Addresses and analyzes resource and environmental problems facing today’s society, with an emphasis on providing the​ student with an intensive introduction to the qualitative theory necessary for an effective analysis of resource problems.

AGSC 384             Rural Social Change, Development and the Environment              3.0; 3cr.

Provides an understanding of economic development and underdevelopment as it relates to environmental degradation and demographic, social and cultural change; with special application to the economies of the Middle East.

AGSC 389             Research Methods in Applied Economics                                         3.0; 3cr.

Provides an overview of theoretical and applied research methods for the study of agricultural, resource and development economics issues.Prerequisite: AGSC 301.

AGSC 395             Graduate Seminar in Agricultural Science                                        1.0; 1 cr.

AGSC 396/396A   Comprehensive Exam                                                                                 0 cr.  

AGSC 399             MS Thesis




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