COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
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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XAVIER UNIVERSITY: A JESUIT CATHOLIC UNIVERSITY IN CINCINNATI, OHIO
RECOMMENDED CLASS SCHEDULES
BACHELOR OF ARTS IN LAND, FARMING AND COMMUNITY (LAND)
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
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 www.xavier.edu/green/academic.cfn
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
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
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
SUSTAINABILITY ON CAMPUS—
GOING GREEN FOR THE GREATER GOOD
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
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.
XAVIER AT A GLANCE
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.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
OFFICE OF ADMISSION
COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES
Janice Walker, PhD, Dean
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.