Agricultural Communications Major

The Agricultural Communications program is designed to produce graduates who possess exceptional communication skills meshed with a strong science-based background in agriculture and natural resources. This degree enables graduates to communicate vital information related to science, agriculture, natural resources, food and the environment to diverse audiences. Agricultural Communications graduates are prepared to work in the public and private sectors—from corporations to government agencies to nonprofits—pursuing a variety of careers including: writers, photographers, graphic designers, Web developers and managers, videographers, electronic/digital media producers, marketing specialists, public relations practitioners, publishers, researchers, distance education specialists, overseas development workers, extension educators and managers and editors of magazines and other printed or online news venues. Graduates work throughout corporate America, institutions of higher learning, government agencies, medical technology operations, lobbyist and advocacy groups, non-profits and research organizations in the public and private sector. This combination of technical subject matter knowledge and communication skills is not found in other curricula. The program also prepares students for graduate and professional schools, including law school.

Curriculum in Agricultural Communications

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
BIOL 1020 Principles of Biology3BIOL 1030 Organismal Biology3
BIOL 1021 Principles of Biology Laboratory1BIOL 1031 Organismal Biology Laboratory1
MATH 1130 Pre-Calculus Trigonometry3AGRI 1080 Agricultural Communications3
COMM 1000 Public Speaking3Core History II3
Core History 13Core Social Science13
 16 16
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
JRNL 1100 Journalism Fundamentals3COMM 3600 Foundations of Rhetoric and Social Influence3
CMJN 2100 Concepts in Communications and Journalism3Ag Group II33
PRCM 2400 Foundations of Public Relations3ECON 2020 Principles of Microeconomics3
Directed Elective23Directed Elective23
Ag Group I33Core Literature3
 15 15
Junior
FallHoursSpringHoursSummerHours
COMM 3500 Foundations of Human Communication3ENGL 3040 Technical Writing3AGRI 4920 Internship in Agricultural Communication and Leadership3
MDIA 3300 Foundation of Mass Communication3AGEC 3010 Agribusiness Marketing3 
Ag Group III33Directed Elective23 
Directed Elective23Ag Group IV33 
Free Elective3AGCO Support43 
 15 15 3
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
AGCO Support46UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
Directed Elective23AGCO Support43
Core Humanities3AGRI 4940 Agricultural Communications Capstone3
 Core Fine Arts3
 Free Electives4
 12 13
Total Hours: 120
1

Students will choose from the following: ANTH 1000, GEOG 1010/GEOG 1017, PSYC 2010, SOCY 1000/SOCY 1007, UNIV 2710 or UNIV 2720/UNIV 2727.

2

Select from: JRNL 2210, JRNL 2310, JRNL 3220, JRNL 3410, JRNL 3470, JRNL 4230, PRCM 3000, PRCM 3500, PRCM 3280, MDIA 3350, CMJN 3110, ENGL 2010, ENGL 4020, ENGL 4030.

3

Select one Agriculture Elective from Group I, II, and III: (Group I-Animal Sciences): ANSC 1000, POUL 1000 or FISH 2100; (Group II-Plant Sciences): CSES 1000/03, CSES 2040/43, HORT 2010, HORT 2020, HORT 2030, or HORT 2040; (Group III-Diseases & Pests): ENTM 2040/43, ENTM 3040, or PLPA 3000; (Group IV-Food & Environ): FDSC 1000, CSES 1010, or ENVI 1020.

4

Select from courses in the College of Agriculture or COMM, JRNL, MDIA, PRCM, or ENGL. Four hours of CHEM and 3 hours of STAT may be applied.