Texas Tech University

A Degree in Agricultural & Applied Economics

Agricultural and applied economics students

If you're interested in the business and management side of today's agricultural industry, then Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics may have what you're looking for. Students in Agricultural and Applied Economics strive to improve efficiency, lower costs, and increase profit in agricultural and food-related businesses and firms. You will take courses in agribusiness management, accounting, economics, marketing, finance, management, statistics, policy, trade and agribusiness law.

Undergraduate Degree Programs

The Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics provides the opportunity for students to learn about agribusiness, agricultural and resource economics, business management, applied economics, mathematics, statistics, accounting, technical writing, finance, and public speaking, among other subjects that are part of a business-economics curriculum. The Department offers three nationally- recognized undergraduate degree programs:

  • Agricultural & Applied Economics: This degree allows the flexibility to pursue a number of minor specializations (e.g., animal science, agronomy, general business, personal financial planning, natural resource management, etc.)
  • Agribusiness: This program is a hybrid of the AAEC program and the Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.) in General Business, and integrates the business management curriculum of both programs into a comprehensive agribusiness degree.
  • Dual Degree: Dual degree in Agricultural and Applied Economics and General Business. A graduate of this program receives two separate degrees (from AAEC and a second degree from the College of Business).

Why Major in Agricultural & Applied Economics?
You may choose this major if you want to:

  • Work in management, marketing or finance
  • Acquire skills to start and operate your own business
  • Prepare for law school and a career in business or agricultural law

Career Opportunities for Graduates
The number of job openings in the agricultural industry annually exceeds the number of available qualified graduates. A variety of career choices are available to you:

  • Business and Finance
  • Business Management
  • Commodity Broker
  • Distribution/Logistics
  • Education
  • Energy Resource
  • Farm and Ranch Management
  • Government
  • Human Resource Management
  • International Trade and Affairs
  • Law School
  • Livestock Manager
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Policy Analysis and Formulation
  • Production Supervision
  • Real Estate



Phil Johnson
Professor, Chairman & Charles Thompson Chair
Department of Agricultural & Applied Economics
Agricultural Science, Room 317-D
Phone: (806)834-0474
Email: phil.johnson@ttu.edu
Website http://www.depts.ttu.edu/aaec/