2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 26, 2019  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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Agricultural Education, Communication and Leadership (B.S.) - Leadership 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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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. Graduates of the Agricultural Education, Communication and Leadership Major - Leadership specialization will be well prepared for employment with agricultural organizations such as breed associations and commodity organizations.

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Leadership 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 leadership principles.
  • 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.

Course Delivery Format

Most courses are delivered by traditional lecture/format, and some are offered by online delivery.

Requirements for Agricultural Education, Communication and Leadership Major - Leadership 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 Electives - select from the following disciplines: ABS, AGEC, AGED, AS, AST, DS, EES, FS, HO, NRM, PRAG, PS, RANG, VET, or WL. Credits: 9
  • Electives: 42-45

Total Required Credits: 120

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