About the School of AREAS

The mission of Alcorn State University School of Agriculture, Research, Extension and Applied Sciences (AREAS) is to provide enriching educational, research and outreach opportunities that empower its clientele to contribute to the overall improvement of their community, state, and nation, ultimately improving the world.

The School of Agriculture, Research, Extension and Applied Sciences at Alcorn State University is a premier land-grant entity that prepares highly competent graduate and undergraduate students for advanced learning and addressing existing needs of agriculture and applied sciences while facilitating centers of excellence which promote worldwide community development based on the accomplishments of its research and extension professionals.

The major objectives of the School are to: 1) implement functional teaching programs that prepare students for successful careers in Agriculture, Human Sciences, and Technology; 2) conduct research programs that will discover new knowledge and provide better utilization of existing knowledge for the betterment of the citizens in Mississippi, the region, and the nation; and, 3) serve rural and urban individuals and families in the areas of Agriculture, Human Sciences, Technology and other related areas through extension and outreach programs and activities.

The School is composed of the departments of Agriculture, Human Sciences, Advanced Technologies, Research and Extension Programs. Through this departmental structure, the school offers undergraduate instruction leading to the Bachelor of Science degree in the following areas: (1) Agricultural Sciences, Agriculture Economics, Plant and Soil Science, Agribusiness Management; (2) Human Sciences, Child Development, Nutrition and Dietetics); and (3) Advanced Technologies (Robotics & Automation, Computer Networking & Information Technology, and Applied Science). The school also offers instruction leading the Master’s Degree in Education with teaching endorsements in each of the departments. In Agriculture, the Master of Science degree is offered with majors in Agriculture Economics, Plant and Soil Science, and Animal Science. The Master of Science in Workforce Leadership Education is offered jointly with Mississippi State University.

Additionally, students may enroll in Pre-Professional Programs in Forestry, Veterinary Medicine in Agriculture, and Engineering in the Department of Advanced Technologies. Throughout the year, each department conducts short courses, workshops, institutions, and conferences for various interest groups.