BS in Agricultural Education with Emphasis in Communications and Leadership

Degree Program Description

Agricultural Education combines interests in agriculture,  working with people, shaping the next generation’s understanding of agriculture and its role in society, and using  communication and human relation skills to obtain leadership roles in many agricultural industries.   The degree in Agricultural Education with emphasis in Communications and Leadership focuses on the development of leadership and communication skills in agriculture, food and natural resources.  Students are encouraged to develop a diverse background in agriculture with an emphasis on communication, leadership and human relations skills.  Students have the opportunity to specialize in an area of interest by completing coursework in one or more agriculture, food or natural resource disciplines.  In addition to agricultural education and leadership course requirements, students complete course work in agricultural economics, agricultural sales and marketing, plant science, agricultural systems management, natural resources and food science.  The capstone experience involves a supervised educational internship with an agricultural business, public or private agency or commodity organization.

Major Program Requirements

Students earning a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education are required to complete all University general educationUniversity undergraduate requirements, degree, and major requirements, including selected foundational courses, which may fulfill some University general education requirements.

Communications and Leadership Emphasis

The communications and leadership emphasis focuses on developing students’ leadership, communication and human relation skills. Students are encouraged to develop a diverse background by completing course work in a variety of disciplines in the College of Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources. Students also have the opportunity to specialize and earn minors in disciplines of interest. The capstone experience involves a supervised internship with an agricultural business, public or private agency, or commodity organization in the area of education, training, communication and/or development.

Emphasis Core Requirements
AG_ED_LD 1000Orientation to Agricultural Education and Leadership1
PSYCH 1000General Psychology3
RU_SOC 1000Rural Sociology3
SCI_AG_J 1160Introduction to Science and Agricultural Communication3
SCI_AG_J 2210Communicating Science to the Public3
AG_ED_LD 2220Verbal Communication in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources3
AG_ED_LD 2250Introduction to Leadership3
AG_ED_LD 2260WTeam and Organizational Leadership - Writing Intensive3
AG_ED_LD 2270Leadership Development in Youth Organizations3
AG_ED_LD 3010Leadership in Today's World3
SCI_AG_J 3210WFundamentals of Communications - Writing Intensive3
SCI_AG_J 3240Communicating on the Web3
AG_ED_LD 4240Leading Organizational and Community Change3
AG_ED_LD 4340Designing and Delivering Educational/Leadership Programs3
AG_ED_LD 4993Internship in Agricultural Education and Leadership3
Agribusiness Management
ABM 2223Agricultural Sales3
ABM 3241Ethical Issues in Agriculture3
or ABM 3283 Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship
Animal Science
Animal Science Elective3
Plant and Soil Science
Plant Science Elective3
Natural Resources/ Hospitality Management/Ag Systems Management
Natural Resources/Hospitality Management/Ag Systems Management Elective3
Electives
CAFNR Electives21
General Electives9-13

Semester Plan

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
AG_ED_LD 10001MATH 1100*3 
ABM 10413HIST 1100*3 
AG_ED_LD 22503PLNT_S 20753 
ENGLSH 10003ABM 22233 
SCI_AG_J 11603PSYCH 10003 
 13 15  
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
BIO_SC 12005CHEM 1100*3 
AG_ED_LD 22703AN_SCI 11754 
AG_ED_LD 22203AG_ED_LD 2260W3 
PHIL 12003RU_SOC 10003 
 ABM 3241W3 
 14 16  
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCreditsSummerCredits
SCI_AG_J 3210W3AFNR 21903AG_ED_LD 49933
SCI_AG_J 22103AG_ED_LD 30103 
SCI_AG_J 32403COMMUN 33903 
AN_SCI 10113ABM 32303 
ABM 32833PLNT_S 22202 
 15 14 3
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits 
AG_ED_LD 42403AG_ED_LD 43403 
COMMUN 33103AG_S_M 40203 
ABM 42303AG_S_M 23403 
MANGMT 30003FINANC 10003 
NAT_R 21603COMMUN 34603 
 15 15  
Total Credits: 120

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