Honours Bachelor of Arts in Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics – BAH (FARE)

Comprehensive and wide ranging, the University of Guelph's Bachelor of Arts(BA) program offers unusual flexibility. Students can choose elective courses beyond their declared major, or perhaps do a second major or a minor. The honours BAH(FARE) is offered through the Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, one of six academic units of the renowned Ontario Agricultural College.


Students will acquire the analytical knowledge and skills needed to effectively deal with emerging issues in food, agriculture and resource management. Building on economic theory and applied methods in Canadian and international contexts, three thematic streams are offered for specialization:

Food and Agribusiness Management

Fundamental business skills are needed to complement analytical capacities for effective management. These are acquired through advanced projects and case-based courses relating to risk and financial management, agri-business and marketing management.

International Development Economics

From a global perspective, food and agricultural markets are inherently linked with issues in international development, such as nutrition and food security. Analytical skills required to assess the role of world agriculture in economic development are at the core of this thematic stream.

Resource Economics

This stream focuses on the application of economic concepts and methods to the analysis of issues such as land and resource use and environmental problems. These skills are at the core of evaluating alternative resource management strategies and policies in the national and international context.

Beyond the specialization of the thematic streams, the flexibility of the BAH(FARE) also provides the opportunity to obtain a minor in related areas, such as business administration and international development.

Learning Beyond The Classroom

Students in the Bachelor of Arts in Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics have many opportunities to learn outside of the classroom.

  • Work with faculty on an independent research course where you can design and implement an experiment under the supervision of an expert in the field.
  • Join faculty on excursions to Costa Rica and the United States where you will learn about agriculture in other cultures.
  • Study for a semester in another country on an exchange program or a study abroad program. Students have attended universities in countries such as Norway, England, Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands and Austria.
  • Gain experience in a relevant summer job while earning academic credit in our experiential education courses.
  • Deepen your industry knowledge and professional skills through eight-month work terms in the Co-op program.
  • Network with industry leaders at various career building events and career fairs.
  • Gain leadership skills while being a leader in the university community. Students have the opportunity to run a leadership conference, become a peer helper to help other students in various ways or run for student government.

Sense of Community

Students in the Bachelor of Arts in Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics are part of a close-knit community that is friendly and stimulating, with a history of pride, tradition and culture. As one of the founding colleges of the University of Guelph, the Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) has become Canada's largest and most comprehensive institution for teaching and research in food, agriculture, communities and the environment. FARE, the Department of Food, Agriculture and Resource Economics, places a strong emphasis on teaching excellence and faculty members have won numerous teaching awards. Departmental research has been recognized nationally and internationally. The atmosphere is informal and collegial.

Admission Requirements

Ontario secondary school students applying to the program require English (ENG4U), and 5 additional 4U or 4M courses. However, Advanced Functions (MHF4U) is strongly recommended.

Financing Your Education

Alumni, friends and partners of OAC support scholarships and awards each year for new and in-course students. The University of Guelph also provides a variety of scholarships and bursaries for deserving students.

More information: www.uoguelph.ca/registrar/studentfinance

More Information

Visit the OAC website: www.oac.uoguelph.ca or contact:

Bachelor of Arts Counselling Office
519 824 4120 ext 52140

John Cranfield
Faculty Advisor, Professor
Department of Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics
519 824 4120 ext 53532






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