There has been increasing interest in international agriculture and courses to teach it. At the same time, instruction on international agriculture topics varies a great deal from one college of agriculture to another. The primary purpose of the paper is to describe the innovative process used at Virginia Tech to develop a new graduate level course on international agriculture with the title “Developing Agricultural and Extension Programs in Sustainable Food Systems.” A secondary purpose is to share a successful course development procedure with other universities that might like to emulate it.

A multi-step process was utilized to develop the new international agriculture course. The process proved successful and created an innovative and useful course first taught in the spring semester of 2004 and has currently been approved as a permanent course.

Keywords: International Agriculture, Globalization, Distance Delivery, Course Development


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