Comparative International Agriculture – Online Minor

Look at the field of agriculture through a global lens

Explore agricultural concepts and practical experiences through global awareness coursework when you enroll in Oregon State’s comparative international agriculture minor online. The CIA program will prompt you to explore issues facing the environment, natural resources, agriculture, and food production and consumption.

Offered by Oregon State’s renowned College of Agricultural Sciences, this program delves into major agricultural themes and issues of nations across the world, examines information to determine key elements of agricultural trade agreements, analyzes the effectiveness of international agricultural practices, and investigates the impact of social, economic and environmental forces on the global agricultural industry.

Study abroad, do an internship or engage in other special projects

You have the exciting opportunity to evaluate current international agricultural issues by participating in a study abroad experience. CIA students are encouraged – but not required – to go abroad as part of the minor.

You may alternately engage in research, an internship or a special project that is relevant to international agriculture and/or cultural practices among non-U.S. agricultural practitioners.


The online courses in the comparative international agriculture minor will broaden your perspective on agricultural practices worldwide. The curriculum will prepare you to serve in the agricultural industry with a deep understanding of issues facing the international agricultural industry and a capacity to make change.

You must earn 27 credits to complete the CIA minor, with the option of completing 12 to 18 upper-division credits and a maximum of 14 lower-division credits.

Curriculum details and minor requirements are availbale on Oregon State’s academic catalog.

Sample course topics

  • Exploring world agriculture
  • Comparative cultures
  • Evolution of people, technology, and society
  • Global crises in resource technology
  • Ecosystem science of Pacific Northwest Indians
  • Anthropology of food
  • World food crops
  • Introduction to international relations

Benefits of learning online with Oregon State

  • All classes are developed by OSU's world-class faculty, who are known worldwide for their research, expertise and innovation.
  • Oregon State is institutionally accredited by the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities.
  • OSU Ecampus is consistently ranked among the nation’s 10 best providers of online education according to U.S. News & World Report.
  • All Ecampus students receive the same transcript as on-campus students.