Two new majors will be added to the list of academic offerings at the University of Minnesota Crookston following recent approval by the University of Minnesota Board of Regents. A major in International Business will be added to the degree programs in the Business Department, and a major in English will be offered in the Liberal Arts and Education Department. Both new majors lead to Bachelor of Science degrees, and International Business will be available to students entirely online as well as on campus. Students will also have the option for a minor in each area. The programs will be available to students beginning spring semester 2015.

"We are very excited to begin offering these two new majors," said Barbara Keinath, the U of M Crookston's vice chancellor for academic affairs. "They provide our students more educational options than ever before. With English or International Business as a major, graduates will be able to move on to exciting employment opportunities. They will also be prepared for advanced studies in graduate or professional programs. Both of these new majors build on existing coursework and curricular strengths and capitalize on the expertise of current faculty members."

International Business Major
The major in International Business at the University of Minnesota Crookston will help meet the need for graduates who understand and have experience in global business. Students will develop valuable skills to help streamline global pursuits with companies that trade, manufacture, or use contract manufacturing globally. The International Business major is designed to cultivate a global mindset that can support a company's international production and marketing needs. 

Classes like international business cultures and etiquette, international business law, international financial management, international marketing, international business management, and senior seminar in international business strategy are combined with field experience in international business and/or study abroad. The curriculum is designed to broaden graduates' understanding of global business operations. The curriculum also permits a student to incorporate subjects focused on their specific interests as well as marketing, financial management, supply chain management, technology services, human resource management, and many other traditional business support and leadership subjects.

Opportunities for graduates with the international business major from the Crookston campus include supply chain management, operations management, human resources management, sales and marketing, or financial management. Graduates may be contract workers or entrepreneurs.

English Major
English is among the most popular degrees in the nation, and English graduates have created careers in such diverse areas as writing, editing, publishing, advertising, research, and in education, law, medicine, government, administration, sales, non-profit agencies, and cultural, entertainment, and communications industries. 

Students majoring and minoring in English will take writing-intensive courses and will work on skills unique to the humanities, as large portions of the English major and minor focus on the field of literature.  UMC's program will include literature from multicultural and global perspectives with the intention of developing and expanding the cultural awareness of graduates. The study of literature allows students to form and articulate aesthetic judgments on creative works; analyze personal, philosophical, and global issues; and learn about diverse cultural practices.

The English major will aid students in developing analytical and communication skills, aesthetic responsiveness, moral imagination, and intellectual integrity.  English majors and minors present the best of both worlds, as they are exposed to both applied and theoretical aspects. A degree in English also prepares students for graduate school.

For more information on academic majors at the U of M Crookston, visit, call 800-862-6466, or e-mail 

The University of Minnesota Crookston now delivers 31 bachelor's degree programs, 22 minors, and 36 concentrations on campus as well as 14 degree programs entirely online.  These degrees are offered in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit

Contact: Elizabeth Tollefson, University Relations, 218-281-8432 (

Join us for the 2015 Local Foods College. This 4th annual series of eight sessions is designed for gardeners and farmers that are part of the growing community-based food system. The webinar format is handy for many participants to acces from home or office locations.  Sessions focus on fertility, pollination, marketing and fermentation.

The first session of the series will be held on evening of Tuesday, January 13, 2015, and will continue on Tuesday evenings through March 3. The series will be available via webinar, so participants can join at home or at one of several locations throughout northern and central Minnesota.  Registration is FREE with print-your-own materials.  

Session topics include: Natural Soil Fertility; Vegetable Production Tips and Tricks; Marketing and Business Planning; Pollination; Deep Winter Greenhouses; Growing in Small Spaces; Food Hubs and Farm to Bottle.  

Participants will learn from practitioners, educators, and those involved in the growing movement to build resilient local foods systems. 

The Local Foods College is part of a movement to strengthen local and regional food systems. The 2015 Local Foods College is supported by University of Minnesota Extension, the Statewide Health Improvement Program and Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.

For more detailed information and registration, visit: or call 888-241-0781

Contact: Linda Kingery, executive director, U of M Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership, 218-281-8697 (

Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (NWRSDP) Invites Ideas

Northwest Regional Sustainable Development Partnership (NWRSDP) invites Idea Briefs to be submitted by January 23, 2015.  The Partnership seeks projects that contribute to a vibrant future of Northwest Minnesota. 


As a part of University of Minnesota Extension, the Regional Sustainable Partnerships (RSDP) brings together local talent and resources with University of Minnesota knowledge and seed funding to drive sustainability in four areas: agriculture and food systems, tourism and resilient communities, natural resources, and clean energy. The Northwest RSDP office in Crookston is led by Linda Kingery, executive director, and a board comprised of community and university representatives. 


"The project Idea Brief launches a conversation with the NWRSDP by providing a sketch of the project and an early draft of the project proposal," said Linda Kingery, executive director. "NWRSDP seeks innovative ideas that are identified and valued by the community and collaborate with the university to foster sustainability."  


In recent years, NWRSDP has supported successful projects for natural play space design in several communities. a sustainable tourism assessment program in Warroad, community garden design for Lake Region Takes Root in Fergus Falls and  the Bemidji Food Shelf, and a social science assessment of conservation in the Red River Valley. The partnership also supports farmers' markets and community gardens across the region and is the organizer of the very popular, Local Foods College.

NWRSDP is one of five Regional Partnerships across the state that connects local communities and citizens with resources from the University of Minnesota.  Each of the five Regional Partnerships (Southeast, Northwest, Northeast, Southwest, and Central) is citizen-driven, building community-university partnerships that create new opportunities and solve problems in Greater Minnesota.


For more information and to submit an idea to the NWRSDP, see "Idea Brief" at or contact Linda Kingery at or 218-281-8697.

To learn more about the work of the Northwest Regional Partnership go to  

The Regional Sustainable Development Partnerships (RSDPs) give communities in Greater Minnesota access to the University of Minnesota in order to help solve problems and take advantage of new opportunities. As a part of University of Minnesota Extension, NW RSDP brings together local talent and resources with University of Minnesota knowledge and seed funding to drive sustainability in four areas: agriculture and food systems, tourism and resilient communities, natural resources, and clean energy.

Contact: Linda Kingery, executive director, NWRSDP, 218-281-8697 (