Division of Applied Social Sciences


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 food, agriculture and rural communities. We are committed to educating, empowering and engaging the people who lead and work in these areas.

Our research strengths include:

  • Agricultural and Environmental Policy
  • Community food systems
  • Teaching and learning
  • Cooperative management and governance

DASS offers a variety of degree programs, including:

  • Undergraduate
    • Agribusiness Management
    • Agricultural Education
    • Hospitality Management
    • Personal Financial Planning
  • Graduate
    • Agricultural and Applied Economics
    • Agricultural Leadership, Communication, and Education
    • Personal Financial Planning

DASS has several centers and institutes that focus on research and outreach in areas such as:

  • FAPRI that provides objective analyses of agricultural markets and policies, which helps policymakers make informed decisions.
  • GICL that prepares participants to lead and manage cooperatives, which are important economic engines in rural communities.
  • The Interdisciplinary Center for Food Security that brings together researchers from across campus to address the complex challenges facing our food system in Missouri and beyond.
  • The McQuinn Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership that helps students develop the skills they need to start and grow their own businesses.

We are committed to making a difference in the world by conducting research that informs policy and practice, educating the next generation of leaders and providing outreach and engagement opportunities to communities.

We are grateful for the support of our students, faculty, staff, alumni and friends. 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 are building a better future for Missouri and the nation.