School of Agriculture

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Welcome to the School of Agriculture: A Signature Academic Program

Agriculture - the United States' largest industry! 20% of the work force is employed in the production, marketing, transporting, processing, and distribution of agricultural products.

Learning how to feed the world is the central theme of the three major program options and the three pre-professional programs that Agriculture students may choose to study. Students may choose to major in Agricultural Business, Agricultural Education, and Agricultural Science. Agricultural minors are available in Agriculture, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Technology Management, Agronomy, Animal Science, Horticulture, International Agriculture, Natural Resources Conservation, Plant Breeding, and Urban Forestry. Pre-professional programs in Agricultural Engineering, Forestry, and Veterinary Medicine are also available. The pre-professional programs are designed to prepare students for professional study at other universities at the graduate level.

Western Illinois University offers a number of standout programs. Noted for their size, unique areas of concentration for undergraduate students, or accessibility, Western's Signature Programs have garnered recognition for the graduates they produce.

Western has designated Agriculture as a Signature Program for the following reasons:

  • Departmental and student service to the agricultural community throughout the region and state
  • Numerous internship opportunities for students
  • More than 14 active student organizations
  • Hands-on experience with traditional, new, and organic crops, and with livestock at WIU agriculture laboratories and agriculture test stations as well as research at off-campus sites
  • Numerous grants and international reputation for animal and plant research

Our Vision

The WIU School of Agriculture will be recognized for cultivating leaders who develop solutions for the diverse world of agriculture.

Our Mission

The WIU School of Agriculture will cultivate leaders of agriculture by providing exceptional education in diverse agricultural disciplines. We will accomplish this by teaching scientific theory, engaging students in practical experiences, conducting research and participating in service and outreach activities.