The Department of Applied Economics, in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS), offers teaching, research, and outreach programs in four broad areas: food and agricultural economics; environmental and resource economics; growth, development, and trade; and public sector economics. With two customizable undergraduate majors, the programs balance lower-division coursework in the liberal arts with upper-division training in economic theory and the functional areas of business management. The nearly 300 students in both majors are charged with developing strong critical thinking skills, data analysis proficiency, and the ability to communicate effectively to diverse governmental, business, and private sector audiences.
The first-edition Writing Plan emphasized the development of writing assignments in mid-curriculum course requirements and training for Graduate Instructors. A faculty workshop on writing with quantitative information addressed the desire for more consistent and effective feedback on students' work with data. The department has also revised its capstone course to incorporate a significant writing component.