BS in Agricultural Education with Emphasis in Communications and Leadership

Degree Program Description

Agricultural Education graduates are the teachers, leaders, and communicators for the agricultural industry. Our students combine their passion for agriculture and their talents working with people to lead and teach the next generation of agriculturalists. The Agricultural Communications and Leadership emphasis is a highly flexible degree program which allows students to create a customized plan of study to meet their needs.  Students in Agricultural Communications and Leadership work in partnership with industry, government, and extension leaders to develop skills through authentic, hands-on learning experiences. In addition to agricultural education and leadership course requirements, students complete course work in agribusiness management, agricultural sales and marketing, plant sciences, animal sciences, agricultural systems management, natural resources and food science. All students complete at least one 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 graduation, and degree 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
SOCIOL 1000Introduction to Sociology3
AGSC_COM 1160Foundations of Agricultural Science Communications3
AGSC_COM 2210Communicating Science to the Public3
AGSC_COM 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
AGSC_COM 3210WFundamentals of Communications - Writing Intensive3
AGSC_COM 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 3223Relationship Selling: Creating Value for Customers3
ABM 3241WEthical Issues in Agriculture - Writing Intensive3
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
CAFNR Electives21
General Electives9-13

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Semester Plan

First Year
AG_ED_LD 10001MATH 1100*3 
ABM 10413HIST 1100*3 
AG_ED_LD 22503PLNT_SCI 20753 
ENGLSH 10003ABM 32233 
AGSC_COM 11603PSYCH 10003 
 13 15  
Second Year
BIO_SC 12005CHEM 11004 
AG_ED_LD 22703AG_ED_LD 2260W3 
AGSC_COM 22203ABM 3241W3 
AN_SCI 11743SOCIOL 10003 
 PHIL 12003 
 14 16  
Third Year
AGSC_COM 3210W3AG_ED_LD 30103AG_ED_LD 49933
AGSC_COM 22103AFNR 21913 
AGSC_COM 32403COMMUN 33903 
ABM 32833ABM 32303 
AN_SCI 49753PLNT_SCI 22202 
 15 14 3
Fourth Year
AG_ED_LD 42403AG_ED_LD 43403 
COMMUN 33103AG_S_TCH 23403 
ABM 42303FINANC 10003 
MANGMT 30003COMMUN 34603 
NAT_R 21603Emphasis Requirement 3 
 15 15  
Total Credits: 120

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Degree Audit

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MU students can request a degree audit by logging in to myDegreePlanner. Students may also access myDegreePlanner via myZou, in the Student Center, click on the Academic Progress Tile, then select Request Degree Audit. The audit automatically pulls in the student’s MU course work, transfer courses and courses in progress. This is available to current students, admitted students, and those who last attended less than three terms ago.

Past MU students can request a degree audit by contacting the Academic Advising Unit of the division in which they were last enrolled at MU. For contact information, go to

Prospective students, can access a preliminary MU degree audit via Information on the college credits already earned will have to be manually entered before it can be evaluated against current degree requirements.

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Major and Career Exploration

The University of Missouri has many resources to assist you in exploring majors and career possibilities. For guidance, visit the Majors and Careers website or view specific resources below.

  • If you are considering a change of major or are exploring multiple majors, schedule an appointment with an advisor in the Discovery Center by calling (573)884-9700 or through MU Connect Discovery Center service in you success network.

  • If you have decided on a major, visit an academic advisor in the School or College that you are interested in to discuss the process of declaring the major

  • If you would like to learn more about your career interests, abilities, values and talents, visit the MU Career Center. No Appointment is necessary to explore career options with one of our staff members.

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

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