Minor in Science and Agricultural Communications

The Minor in Science and Agricultural Communications will equip students with the knowledge and skills necessary to advocate, publicize, and promote agricultural and natural resources organizations, as well as communicate scientific findings to lay audiences.  The interdisciplinary curriculum features foundational courses in verbal communication and writing for the media, while providing students the ability to specialize based on their career interests.  This minor will benefit students seeking agricultural and science communication careers, as well as provide a complement of communication and interpersonal skills for future bench scientists.

Students interested in this minor should complete the online CAFNR minor form located at cafnr.missouri.edu.


Students must complete a total of 16 credit hours to receive the minor.

  • Seven hours of required coursework
  • Nine additional hours of approved coursework
  • At least six credit hours must be at the 3000 level or above
  • The coordinator must approve courses not listed.
Required Courses
SCI_AG_J 1160Introduction to Science and Agricultural Communication3
AG_ED_LD 2220Verbal Communication in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources3
AG_ED_LD 3085Problems in Agricultural Education and Leadership1
or SCI_AG_J 3385 Problems in Science and Agricultural Journalism
Additional Courses
ABM 2223Agricultural Sales3
ABM 3224WNew Products Marketing - Writing Intensive3
ATM_SC 4110Broadcast Meteorology I2
COMMUN 2100Media Communication in Society3
COMMUN 3310Message Design and Writing for the Media3
COMMUN 3390Digital Production I3
COMMUN 3395Digital Production II3
COMMUN 3460Organizational Advocacy3
ENGLSH 2030Professional Writing3
ENGLSH 2010Intermediate Composition3
SCI_AG_J 2210Communicating Science to the Public3
SCI_AG_J 3210WFundamentals of Communications - Writing Intensive3
SCI_AG_J 3240Communicating on the Web3
SCI_AG_J 4415Current Issues in Science Journalism3
or JOURN 4415 Current Issues in Science Journalism

For additional information contact:

College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources (CAFNR)
2-64 Agriculture Building
Columbia, MO 65211

Website: https://cafnr.missouri.edu/