Agribusiness and Applied Economics


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Academic Advising


Freshman & Incoming Transfer Students

Shelly Swandal, Student Services & Academic Adviser –
Office: 550 Barry Hall
Phone: 701.231.7442


Sophomore Advisers

David C. Roberts, PhD., Agribusiness & Ag Econ
Phone: 701.231.9796
Office: 544 Barry Hall

David Saxowsky, J.D., Agribusiness & Ag Econ
Office: 428 Barry Hall
Phone: 701.231.7470

Cheryl Wachenheim, PhD., Agribusiness & Ag Econ
Office: 520 Barry Hall
Phone: 701.231.7452

Jeremy Jackson, PhD., Economics
Office: 542 Barry Hall
Phone: 701.231.7832


Junior Advisers

Dragan Miljkovic, PhD., Agribusiness & Ag Econ
Office: 614A Barry Hall
Phone: 701.231.9519

Robert Hearne, PhD., Agribusiness & Ag Econ and Economics
Office: 636 Barry Hall
Phone: 701.231.6494

William Wilson, PhD., Agribusiness & Ag Econ
Office: 634 Barry Hall
Phone: 701.231.7472

Siew Lim, PhD., Economics
Office: 548 Barry Hall
Phone: 701.231.8819

Senior Advisers

Gregory McKee, PhD., Agribusiness & Ag Econ
Office: 404B Barry Hall
Phone: 701.231.8521

Saleem Shaik, PhD., Agribusiness & Ag Econ & Econ
Office: 504 Barry Hall
Phone: 701.231.6494

Ryan Larsen, Ph.D., Agribusiness & Ag Econ
Office: 540 Barry Hall
Phone: 701-231-5747

Robert Herren, Ph.D., Economics
Office: 614B Barry Hall
Phone: 701.231.7698

Advising in the Department of Agribusiness and Applied Economics

    Students should meet with an adviser each semester to plan their courses for the following semester and to ensure they are meeting program requirements. Students are fully responsible for their academic decisions including: selecting courses, meeting prerequisites, and adhering to policies, procedures, and deadlines.



    Students and advisers often have the same questions about classes, majors, transfer credits, and other issues surrounding a student's program at NDSU. Below are some frequently asked questions that provide you a good place to start getting the answers you need. If the information provided here does not answer your specific question, either: Contact your adviser directly; or Email your question to

    Q: I am majoring in Agribusiness. Do I need to register for a minor in Business Administration or Accounting?

    Yes. It is best to work with your adviser to make sure the Business courses you take best support the agribusiness program of study as well as give you the skills you will need in your future career.

    To qualify for a minor in the College of Business Administration (CBA), you need to:

    1. Complete the College of Business minor declaration form.  

    2. To be approved, you need to have at least junior standing (60+ credits) by the time you enroll in the 300 and 400 level CBA classes and have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5. You may not enroll in CBA courses if your GPA falls below 2.5.

    3. If approved to earn the minor, you may enroll for CBA classes during the "priority" period, which is typically the first 14 days of the registration period. You are, however, not guaranteed a place in specific CBA classes.

    4. Courses in the College of Business carry additional fees per credit.


    Q: Will the Agribusiness minor satisfy the minor requirement for the B.S. in Economics?


    Q: I am a transfer student, and have satisfied the NDSU general education communication requirements. Do I still need to take more classes for the agribusiness or agricultural economics majors?

    Yes. You must still complete all communication courses required by our major. The general education communication requirements only include English 110 and 120 and Communications 110 and a 300 level upper writing course. You will need an additional three credits communication course listed on our program of study forms to earn majors in Agricultural Economics or Agribusiness.

    Q: I transferred from another North Dakota school and want to get a minor in Agribusiness. I took ECON 201 and AGEC 242/244/246 at my last school. Both AGEC 242 and 246 were only three credit classes at my last school. Therefore I am two credits short of meeting the Agribusiness minor requirements at NDSU if I only take one 300 or 400 level course in Agribusiness and Applied Economics. NDSU policy also requires that eight credits in a minor have to be taken at NDSU. What should I do?

    You need at least 17 credits to get the Agribusiness minor (Agribusiness track). At least eight of these credits must be taken at NDSU. Since you only earned twelve credits at your last school in ECON 201 and AGEC 242, 244, and 246, you will need to take an extra eight credits at NDSU for the minor. This means that, instead of taking one 3-credit elective from Agribusiness and Applied Economics courses, you will need to take at least eight credits of adviser-approved electives in Agribusiness and Applied Economics.

    Q: Can I use ECON 201/202 to satisfy general education requirements?

    For the Agricultural Economics and the Agribusiness majors, these two classes (six credits) satisfy the social/behavioral sciences general education requirement. For the Economics major, only three credits (e.g., ECON 201) can be used for the social/behavioral science requirement and three (e.g., ECON 202) can be applied to the global perspectives requirement. You will need an additional nine credits of adviser approved courses from the NDSU list of general education classes in the social/behavioral science area.

    Q: Can I use COMM 216 to satisfy the general education humanities requirement?

    COMM 216 can satisfy the diversity requirement, but not the humanities requirement.

    Q: How do foreign language classes count in my major?

    There are several things to keep in mind with respect to foreign languages:

    1. Achieving at least a second year competency in a foreign language is needed to get a B.A. in Economics (the B.S. in Economics requires a minor in some other subject area). Second year competency can be achieved by taking two years of a foreign language at the university level, or taking four years of language in high school and passing a competency test administered by the NDSU Department of Modern Languages.

    Q: The class I want is full. How can I get in?

    When registering in Campus Connect, select wait list course if full. If an opening occurs the next wait listed student will automatically be enrolled in the course. You will not receive notification so it is best to check your schedule in Campus Connect on a frequent basis. If no wait list option is available in Campus Connect call the Department at 231-7442.

    Q: One of the courses required for my major is not being offered this semester and I want to graduate. What can I do?

    There are two answers to this question: First, it is important to plan when you will take your required classes (working with your adviser of course!) from the start of your studies. This way you will reduce the odds of being caught short when you want to graduate. Second, if a class is unexpectedly canceled, we can find an acceptable substitute in most cases. You will need to complete a Substitution Form, get your adviser's approval, and get the department head to sign off on it.

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