Division of Applied Social Sciences

About Us

One of six divisions in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR), the Division of Applied Social Sciences (DASS) at the University of Missouri is a community of faculty, students and professionals who are passionate about agriculture, food, finance, hospitality and rural communities. We are committed to educating, empowering and engaging the people who lead and work in these areas. If you are looking for a program where you will grow as a leader in industry, government, education or local communities, join us. Together, we can cultivate a thriving future for Missouri and the nation.


Undergraduate Studies

With a bachelor’s degree from our division, you will be prepared to contribute to the global food and agriculture system and address significant challenges in agriculture, agricultural policy and economics, agribusiness and education.

Graduate Studies

Recognized for our innovative approach to graduate training, you will have the opportunity of working with leading scholars engaged in a diverse range of challenging research projects.



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Our research strengths include: agricultural and environmental policy, community food systems, teaching and learning and cooperative management and governance. We have several centers and institutes that focus on research and outreach such as: the Food and Agricultural Policy Research Institute (FAPRI), the Graduate Institute of Cooperative Leadership (GICL), the Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security and the McQuinn Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership.


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