2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Jul 19, 2018  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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Agricultural Education, Communication and Leadership (B.S.) - Communication Specialization

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Program Coordinator/Contact

Mary Christensen, Coordinator
Agricultural Leadership, Education, Communication and Science (ALECS)
Berg Agricultural Hall 156
E-mail: mary.christensen@sdstate.edu
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Lyle Olson, Interim Department Head
Department of Journalism and Mass Communication
Yeager Hall 211
E-mail: lyle.olson@sdstate.edu
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Program Information

The Agricultural Education, Communication and Leadership Major  is a multidisciplinary program that provides a strong foundation in agricultural sciences. The major allows students the flexibility to select a plan of study based on their interests and skills by choosing one of three specializations: Education, Communication, or Leadership. Students specializing in communication take courses in agriculture along with courses in the Journalism and Mass Communication department.

Graduates of the Communication specialization report agricultural information to farmers and ranchers, consumers, governmental agencies, agribusinesses, commodity groups, and legislators through positions in public relations, sales, marketing, journalism, social media, and the government. 

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Communication Specialization of the Agricultural Education, Communication, and Leadership Major, students will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge and skill across the broad field of the Agricultural, Food, and Natural Resources industries.   
  • Demonstrate and apply in-depth knowledge of journalism and mass communication.
  • Explain the importance of and show evidence of ethical and professional behaviors.
  • Locate and evaluate information to solve real world problems.
  • Evaluate core competencies and create plans for effective lifetime learning.
  • Demonstrate effective written and oral communications skills.
  • Evaluate a diverse spectrum of agriculturally related global challenges to communicate culturally responsible solutions to a variety of audiences.

Equipment and Supplies

Students are encouraged to purchase a Macintosh laptop and software appropriate for the discipline.

Course Delivery Format

The program offers coursework in classroom, studio, online, and field-based settings.

Requirements for Agricultural Education, Communication and Leadership Major - Communication Specialization: 120 Credits

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture

System General Education Requirements

College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences Requirements

Bachelor of Science in Agriculture Requirements: 11

Students who wish to complete a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture must complete a minimum of 11 credits from the approved list of Group 1 courses in Agriculture .  Some departments require specific courses from the list, whereas others leave the selection entirely to the student and the advisor.

System General Education Requirements and/or major coursework may satisfy some or all of the above requirements.  Please review major requirements and the Group 1 list to determine if additional courses are required.


  • Agricultural Elective Credits: 9
    Select from the following disciplines: ABS, AGEC, AGED, AS, AST, DS, EES, FS, HO, NRM, PRAG, PS, RANG, VET, or WL
  • ADV, MCOM, or PUBR Elective Credits: 9
  • Electives Credits: 30-32

Total Required Credits: 120


Students must have at least 25 credits in 300+ level courses, excluding internships, cooperative education, or field experience courses.

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