BS in Agricultural Education with Emphasis in 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 empahsis in 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.

Leadership Emphasis

The 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 Requirements17-20
AG_ED_LD 1000Orientation to Agricultural Education and Leadership1
AG_ED_LD 2220Verbal Communication in Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources3
AG_ED_LD 2250Introduction to Leadership3
AG_ED_LD 2260Team and Organizational Leadership3
AG_ED_LD 2270Leadership Development in Youth Organizations3
AG_ED_LD 4340Designing and Delivering Educational/Leadership Programs3
AG_ED_LD 4993Internship in Agricultural Education and Leadership1-4
Additional requirements (minimum 15)15
General Psychology
Rural Sociology
AG_ED_LD 3010Leadership in Today's World3
RU_SOC 3010Leadership in Today's World3
Fundamentals of Communications
Communicating on the Web
AG_ED_LD 4240Leading Organizational and Community Change3
Focus Area (minimum 9) (as approved by advisor)9
Agricultural Economics6
ABM 2223Agricultural Sales3
ABM 3241Ethical Issues in Agriculture3
or ABM 3283 Fundamentals of Entrepreneurship
Animal Science3
Animal Science Elective3
Plant and Soil Science3
Plant Science Elective3
Natural Resources/ Hospitality Management/Ag Systems Management3
Natural Resources/Hospitality Management/Ag Systems Management Elective3
CAFNR Electives21
General Electives9-13

Semester Plan

Refer to the Semester Plan for the BS in Agricultural Education and visit with an advisor to discuss the differences in the Leadership emphasis area.

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Major and Career Exploration

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For additional major and career exploration resources, visit Major & Career Exploration in the catalog.

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