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Bachelor of Arts in Land, Farming and Community

(LAND) Nothing is more basic to human life than food. And for more than

a half-century the disconnect between the business of production, and the

interests of consumers, grows wider and wider. The Bachelor of Arts in Land,

Farming and Community provides students with an in-depth understanding

and expertise about the food we eat, how it’s produced, delivered and

processed. Plus all the values and issues underpinning these activities.

Through a combination of classroom-based and experiential on-site learning,

students gain an appreciation of the science and art of agriculture. Students

will also explore the benefits and limits of small-scale, sustainable farming

compared to diversified, large-scale food production— all within in the

context of a Jesuit education. Xavier’s land, farming and community degree

(LAND) offers students the opportunity to become stewards of healthy,

productive soils, communities and regions.

The Xavier Advantage

The College of Arts and Sciences challenges students to develop an

integrated understanding of humanity and the environment.

Network with top professionals in farming, food production, land

management and more.

Gain real-world experience working with community leaders, citylevel

organizations, political coalitions or cause-focused groups.

Complete a capstone research project under the supervision of a

professional mentor, Xavier professor or other expert.

Opportunities for agricultural internships focused on independent

and entrepreneurial farming.

Xavier graduates in land, farming and community can

find fulfilling career opportunities in:

Creating public policy for sustainable food production

Directing local food distribution networks

Planning community-supported agriculture

Advanced degrees and teaching opportunities in land management

Public education, outreach and advocacy

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These schedules serve as a guideline for progress toward a degree. Students should consult with their academic advisor.

First Semester Sem. Hrs. Second Semester Sem. Hrs.


HIST 171: U.S. Environmental History (3) OR

HIST 123: African History 1 (3) (counts as DCR)

3 HIST 172: U.S. Environmental History (3) OR

HIST 124: African History 2 (3) (counts as DCR)

BIOL 160/161: General Biology 1 (5 ) 5 BIOL 162/163: General Biology 2 (5) 5

ENGL 101 or 115 (3) 3 UNST XXX: LAND Practicum (1) 1

THEO 111 (3) 3 PHIL 100 (3) 3

Language 1 (3) 3 Language 2 (3) 3

Total 17 MATH (3) 3

Total 18



BIOL XXX/XXX: Agroecology (4) 4 BIOL XXX/XXX: Agroecology (4) 4

BIOL 250/251: Ecology (4) 4 HIST 2XX: History of Agriculture (3) 3

ECON 200: Microeconomic Principles (3) 3 THEO 2XX: Theology and Agriculture OR

EDUC 2XX: Educating for Place (3)

ACCT 200: Introductory Financial Accounting (3) 3 ENTR 311: New Venture Planning (3) 3

UNST XXX: LAND Practicum (1) 1 UNST XXX: LAND Practicum (1) 1

ENGL XXX (Lit) (484 and 489 count as DCR) (3) 3 MATH (3) 3

Total 18 Total 17



BIOL 210: General Botany (4) OR3rd science (could be

CHEM 102/103: Environment and Energy) (3)

ECON 320: Environmental and Natural Resource

Economics (counts as E/RS 4th course) (3)

THEO 3XX (could be 379: Simple Faith or

THEO 360: Consumption as Problem;

319, 358, 372 and 374 count as DCR) (3)

4 or 3 BIOL 270: Introduction to Entomology (4) OR

3rd science (could be CHEM 102/103: Environment

and Energy) (3)

3 ECON 3XX: Environment, Economics & Policy (3) 3

3 UNST XXX: LAND Practicum (3) 3

UNST XXX: LAND Practicum (1) 1 PHIL 300 (3) 3

ENGL 205:Lit and Moral Imagination (with Wyett, DCR) (3) 3 Fine Arts (3) 3

PHIL 290 (3) 3 Social Science elective 2 (3) 3

Total 16-17 Total 18-19

4 or 3


UNST XXX: LAND Practicum (9) 9 UNST XXX: LAND Practicum (6) 6

UNST XXX: LAND Capstone (3) 3 UNST XXX: LAND Capstone (3) 3

Total 12 Total 9

For additional degree class schedule information, see


Graduates of the Land, Farming and Community major will be

knowledgeable about the dependence of human societies on the

rest of the natural world and thoughtfully proactive in response to

the demographic, economic and environmental challenges we face

and the opportunities they create.

They will have the analytical and practical skills essential to

developing imaginative and constructive responses to the

demographic, economic and environmental challenges and

opportunities of our era with a variety and depth of food

production, processing and distribution skills. Graduates will also

have the personal and political skills necessary to mobilize public

opinion and government power to facilitate sustainable food


The final three semesters of the degree program are spent largely

in the field, either practicing agriculture or working in a related

industry in a Land, Farming and Community Practicum. The

Practicum is an 18-month internship at a farm or urban garden

that would allow students to experience the scope of a full

growing season and to establish relationships with local farmers.


Through a matching program, students will be partnered with

interested farms for a practicum. The other component of the last

three semesters is the Land, Farming and Community Capstone

course. In these courses, majors meet together once a week and

engage in a research project on their local farm site with the

assistance of both faculty at Xavier and the farmers at their site.

These courses would exemplify the interplay of science and art

in agriculture. Students would be working almost full-time at a

farm while sharing with others their experiences and knowledge.

Invariably, these experiences, combined knowledge and practice,

will differ, sometimes substantially, from one farm and farmer

to another. Thus, students will understand, from Capstone

discussions and research, the subtle interplay of science and art in

successfully growing food.

Students will also engage in long-term research projects on their

farming site each semester. Depending on the interests of the

students, the project might be an oral history of the farm or a

study of the chemical nutrient recycling achieved through on-site



At least 3.1 million Americans are employed in green jobs, a

sector that now accounts for about 2.4 percent of the nation’s

total employment.

A 2008 report for the U.S. Conference of Mayors and the Mayors

Climate Protection Center projected 2.5 million new green jobs

in the energy sector of the U.S. economy alone by 2018 (330%

more than estimated to exist at the time the report was issued).

Total projected new jobs by 2028 was 3.5 million (+466% vs.

2008) with an additional 4.2 million new jobs by 2038 (+560%).

For the metropolitan areas of Ohio, the projected growth was

higher than the national average, an increase of 780% in new

green jobs by 2038, and the Cincinnati metro region had almost

800% projected growth.

In 2012, the U.S. Deputy Secretary of Agriculture, Kathleen

Merrigan noted there is a need for young farmers as many

current farmers are near retirement with an average age of 57

years old.

In Cincinnati and elsewhere, the demand for locally produced

food (for farmers’ markets, restaurants, and supermarkets)

outstrips supply. Urban areas are ideal locations for growing

more local food. The local food scene is vibrant in Cincinnati

with dozens of community gardens, hundreds of backyard

gardeners, many food entrepeneurs, and a number of

operational farms just minutes from the city.

Graduates of the LAND degree will be able to continue training

or education in farming or food-related fields or to find work

in a variety of food-related industries, such as education and

outreach programs, governmental and non-governmental

organizations, farmers’ markets, and policy work.

According to scholars in traditional agricultural programs at

large state universities, food and agriculture related companies

are seeking graduates with the soft skills that a liberal arts

education emphasizes.



Integrating sustainability into campus operations aligns with Xavier’s Jesuit

tradition and promotes the ongoing welfare our students, institution, our

community and even our world. With a physical infrastructure that’s less

costly to run and more resilient, the lower our carbon footprint, the more

interdisciplinary and problem-focused our educational efforts.

The Hoff Academic Quad, Conaton Learning Commons,

Smith Hall, Fenwick Hall and the Central Utility Plant are

designed and constructed to meet or exceed US Green

Building Council’s LEED silver standards. Here are just a

few of the practical benefits:

Xavier’s energy and water consumption has decreased

by an average of 18%

Four undergraduate degrees focusing on sustainability, one minor, and

scores of classes across all three colleges that include sustainability issues

Several students each year are awarded Sustainability Student Intern

fellowships to work with the Sustainability Committee and students on

projects across campus


Cincinnati is not just a great American city, but also takes pride in a shrinking

carbon footprint. Here are just a few examples:

100 percent Renewable Electricity—By switching to renewable energy,

Cincinnati’s carbon footprint was reduced by approximately 550,000 tons

per year. That’s the equivalent of taking 104,000 cars off the road.

A Regional Sustainability Alliance, Green Umbrella, brings citizens,

professionals, teachers, students and others together through working

teams to promote sustainability across the region in areas like energy,

local food, and outdoor recreation.

Home Energy Retrofits—The Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance completed

energy retrofits on more than 1,000 buildings across the region saving its

clients more than $500,000 per year on energy bills

Nine commercial projects and 45 residential projects were LEED buildings

were certified in Cincinnati in 2012.

In 2012, the League of American Bicyclists recognized Cincinnati as a

bronze level bicycle friendly community.


The foundation of Xavier’s success is its commitment to its Jesuit heritage.

The Core Curriculum embodies Xavier’s mission and philosophy of education

and serves as a valuable foundation for all undergraduate students. Within

the Core, the four-course Ethics/Religion and Society (E/RS) Focus fosters

students’ understanding of socially significant issues through study of the

humanities, especially literature, philosophy and theology, as well as the social

and natural sciences. Along with courses in their major, Xavier students also

take Core courses in cultural diversity, English composition, fine arts, foreign

language, history, literature, mathematics, philosophy, science, social science

and theology.


Core Curriculum: Minimum 64 credit hours

Bachelor of Arts in Land, Farming and Community: 125 hours of required

courses in the BA in the Land, Farming and Community major.


Founded in 1831, Xavier University is a Jesuit

Catholic university in Cincinnati, Ohio, annually

ranked among the nation’s best universities.

Its three colleges offer 85 undergraduate majors,

54 minors and 11 graduate programs to 7,019

total students, including 4,368 undergraduates.



Phone: 513-745-3301

877-XUADMIT (982-3648)

Fax: 513-745-4319




Janice Walker, PhD, Dean

Phone: 513-745-2931



On Campus:

114 Alter Hall

Office of Admission

3800 Victory Parkway

Cincinnati, Ohio 45207-5131

Xavier is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Information in this brochure is correct as of 11/12.

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