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Division of Applied Social Sciences


DASS News

Special Feature
Students blog from the World Food Prize

A Golden Year

Joe Parcell honored with Golden Apple Award

Making Good Management Decisions

MU Extension researchers create automated system to track…

Five Months of New Insights

Four Ukrainian ag econ scholars spend the fall semester at MU through…

Choosing a Different Path

CAFNR graduate student provides 'new knowledge' behind motivations for…

Measuring the Impact of Fundamental Change

New institute launching in April to provide insight on the influence…

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The Division of Applied Social Sciences (DASS) is one of six academic units within the MU College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR). DASS is home to the following academic program areas:

In addition, DASS houses several centers, institutes and programs:

Our division's purpose is to develop and empower decision makers who can manage the global food and natural resource systems and lead rural communities. Our mission is to be the leading institution in outreach-driven education and research that integrates science-based information into public and private decision making.

While much of our focus is on issues of concern to Missouri, we do work that directly affects national policy. We also are involved internationally on a significant scale.