Overall, a very small percentage of U.S. students in departments of agricultural economics at land grant universities are gaining international experience through formal work- or study-abroad. This is in stark contrast to the relatively high percentage of department faculty with foreign experience and the large number of international programs offered to students. However, the degree of curricular internationalization achieved in individual departments varies substantially. Departments are classified based on methods used to internationalize their curricula and corresponding levels of perceived sufficiency of the result. Departments with less internationalized curricula appear to remain focused on improving student preparedness for positions with international responsibilities in-country. Departments demonstrating a more internationalized curriculum and those considering such more sufficient, place more value in preparing students for international positions by means of international experience.



chairperson views, internationalization, agricultural economics, land grant universities

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