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Global Food Systems
Leadership Program

Kansas State University
257 Leadership Studies
Manhattan, KS 66506


Global Food Systems Leadership Secondary Major

An Excellent Complement to Your Primary Area of Study

To complete the 24 credit hours of K-State's Global Food Systems Leadership secondary major, students must complete nine credit hours of core courses, six credit hours from the list of food and agriculture courses for a basic understanding of the subject area, and an additional nine credit hours in an area of concentration. Some of the 24 credit hours may also be required for the student's primary major and provides opportunities for focused course selection.

The Secondary Major, At A Glance

Core Courses, 9 credit hours

GENAG/LEAD 225: Fundamentals of Global Food Systems Leadership, 3 credit hours

An interdisciplinary examination of the fundamental roles people, policies, and cultures play in the global food system as it relates to sustainable food production, processing, distribution, and availability.

GENAG/LEAD 325: Uncertainty in Global Food Systems Leadership, 3 credit hours

This course addresses the impact of cultural identity, life experience, and world views on leadership relationships as they relate to privilege and inclusion in the context of global food systems. Students will consider elements of community-engaged work.

GENAG/LEAD 425: Global Food Systems Leadership in Action, 3 credit hours

In this course, students will conduct a community-engaged global food systems leadership research/service project. Additional emphasis will be on ethical dimensions of leadership and individual exploration of careers and roles within global food systems.

Basic Knowledge Courses, 6 credit hours

Students will take an additional six credit hours related to food and agriculture for a basic introduction to the subject area. Select courses from the list below:

  • AGEC 710: Comparative Food & Agriculture Systems, 3 credit hours
  • AGRON 220: Crop Science, 4 credit hours
  • ASI 102: Principles of Animal Science, 3 credit hours
  • ASI 350: Meat Science, 3 credit hours
  • ASI 595: Contemporary Issues in Animal Science & Agriculture, 3 credit hours
  • ENTOM 301: Insects and People, 3 credit hours
  • FDSCI 302: Introduction to Food Science, 3 credit hours
  • FNDH 400: Human Nutrition, 3 credit hours
  • GENAG 690: Seminar in International Agriculture, 1 credit hour
  • GRSC 101: Introduction to Grain Science & Industry, 3 credit hours
  • HORT 201: Principles of Horticultural Science, 4 credit hours
  • HORT 325: Introduction to Organic Farming, 2 credit hours
Area of Concentration, 9 credit hours
Students will select courses for nine credit hours in their area of concentration. Areas of concentration include:
  • Community Engagement
  • Economics and Entrepreneurship
  • Food Production and Processing
  • Policy
  • Sustainability and Natural Resources

Learn More & Next Steps

Current Students
We would love to connect with you about your K-State experience and any questions you have about the secondary major. Contact our Director, Mary Kay Siefers, by email at marykay@k-state.edu or calling 785-532-6085.

Prospective Students
Find out why K-State is a good fit for you by experiencing it in person. If you're interested in scheduling a campus visit, contact New Student Services and request a tour that includes a visit with the Global Food Systems Leadership program. Learn more about scheduling a tour, or call their office at 800-432-8270 (toll free) or 785-532-6250.

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