Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education

The Department of Agricultural Economics, Sociology, and Education, in the College of Agricultural Sciences at Penn State University, offers undergraduate and graduate degrees.

AESE News

UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova, left, and Mark Brennan, UNESCO Chair in Rural Community, Leadership, and Youth Development at Penn State.  Image: Courtesy of Mark Brennan
United Nations organization renews UNESCO Chair program at Penn State
April 20, 2017
UNESCO has renewed for another five years its support for the UNESCO Chair, Mark Brennan, in Rural Community, Leadership, and Youth Development at Penn State.
Credit: Sara Brennan, Penn State
Adding grads and going green can brighten economic outlook
April 4, 2017
Attracting college graduates and boosting natural amenities may give communities a double shot of economic growth potential, according to economists. In a study, the share of college graduates — often referred to as human capital — and the quality of life in a community were found to significantly contribute to economic growth, said Stephan Goetz, professor of agricultural and regional economics and director of the Northeast Regional Center for Rural Development.
Dr. Carolyn Sachs
Faculty member to receive award
March 20, 2017
Congratulations, Dr. Carolyn Sachs
Dr. Shannon Monnat
In Pennsylvania, troubles lead some to drugs, others to Trump
March 16, 2017
Luzerne County is nestled in the mountains of northeastern Pennsylvania. The county seat, Wilkes-Barre, lies on the edge of the Susquehanna River, which snakes through the region before emptying into the Chesapeake Bay. Ryan Cooper grew up in Wilkes-Barre. It will always be home to the 29-year-old veteran, despite the struggles he's faced here.
Head Start gets a boost from Penn State program
March 16, 2017
The effectiveness of Head Start in preparing children for elementary school is currently being debated, but in Pennsylvania, the program has benefited from several Penn State initiatives.