Agricultural communication is a 36-credit major offered by the Department of Communication. This course of study is for students who have strong interest in both agriculture and in communication who want to work as a communication specialist for agribusiness. Students might work for a livestock or grain association, as an editor of a specialized publication or as the advocate for a farm or ranching organization.
Students interested in pursuing an undergraduate degree offered by the Department of Communication must first complete all courses and requirements associated with the pre-communication preparation designation. Once all pre-communication preparation courses and requirements are met, the student completes and submits the pre-communication form, available on the department website, to the department’s academic assistant. After verification of accuracy, the student is accepted into the professional program and can continue pursuing a degree in the Department of Communication.
Students must complete 21 credits of selected courses with a grade of B or above to become an agricultural communication major. The courses are COMM 110; COMM 112; COMM 114; COMM 212; COMM 216; ENGL 110 (unless exempt) and ENGL 120; SOC 110 or POLS 110 or PSYC 111 or CJ 201. Pre-communication preparation courses may be retaken only once.
Agricultural Communication Major
Students majoring in agricultural communication may earn a Bachelor of Science degree (includes an approved minor in an agriculture program) or a Bachelor of Arts degree (includes a modern language proficiency) upon completion of all pre-communication preparation courses and requirements. The agricultural communication major combines the resources and expertise of two units, communication and agriculture, to produce trained communicators who can explain science, technologies and complex agricultural issues to diverse audiences. Students will complete an applied capstone course after completing all other required course work.
Course work in the agricultural communication major prepares students for careers in agricultural and scientific industries, agencies and operations that include scientific writing, agricultural promotion and consulting, and agricultural planning and assessment. The course work emphasizes written and oral communication skills and prepares students to communicate in meaningful and effective ways about science, agriculture and nature.
Agricultural Communication Minor
Many other majors offered at North Dakota State University can be greatly enhanced by an agricultural communication minor. The 21-credit minor includes a 12-credit core and nine credits of communication professional specialization.
Internships offer practical experience for agricultural communication students with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher. Students must propose an internship, gain approval from the departmental internship coordinator, have an on-site evaluation and report on the internship experience. Internships can be taken for credit, and a student may have more than one. Students have interned with agricultural administrators, private agencies and firms, and governmental officials, among others. Internships often lead to jobs.
The Department of Communication awards a number of scholarships to juniors and seniors with financial need who excel in academics and who have demonstrated career potential and commitment. Applications are available in March for awards in May. Visit the department website for information.
NDSU has two honoraries for top students majoring in a degree program offered by the Department of Communication. Pi Kappa Delta is a national honor fraternity for students involved in human communication activities. Lambda Pi Eta is a national honorary for communication majors with high grades and achievement. In addition, students majoring in agricultural communication are encouraged to be active members of the Saddle and Sirloin Club and/or the Agriculture Communicators of Tomorrow.
High School Preparation
A well-rounded high school education with some experiences in high school music, forensics, theatre, journalism, FFA or scouting often serves as good preparation for the major in agricultural communication. Students with interests in science and art, business and service, and publicity and promotion will find a major in agricultural communication very compatible.
Faculty members in the Department of Communication are all committed teachers, researchers, scholars and practitioners. The faculty earned doctorates at Indiana University, and Universities of Indiana, Kansas, Minnesota, Nebraska, Pennsylvania, Southern California, Tennessee, Wyoming, Arizona State University, Michigan State University, Purdue University, and Cambridge University (UK).
General Education Requirements
|First Year Experience|
|1||UNIV. 189 - Skills for Academic Success|
|3||COMM. 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking|
|3, 3||ENGL. 110, 120 - College Composition I, II|
|3||English Upper Level Writing Course|
|10||Science & Technology|
|6||Humanities & Fine Arts|
|Social & Behavioral Sciences|
|3||COMM. 216 - Intercultural Communication|
|3||Social Science Elective|
|3||Fine Arts Elective|
|3||COMM 110 - Fundamentals of Public Speaking or|
|COMM 111 - Honors Public Speaking|
|3||COMM 112 - Understanding Media and Social Change|
|3||COMM 114 - Human Communication|
|3||COMM. 133 - Introduction to Agricultural|
|3||COMM 212 - Interpersonal Communication|
|3||COMM 216 - Intercultural Communication|
|3||COMM 301 - Rhetorical Traditions or|
|COMM 321 - Introduction to Communication|
|3||COMM. 320 - Communication Analysis|
|3||COMM. 431 - Communication Ethics|
|3||COMM. 465 - Convergence Media (capstone)|
|3||ENGL 120 - College Composition II|
|3||SOC 110 - Introduction to Sociology or|
|POLS 110 - Introduction to Political Science or|
|PSYC 111 - Introduction to Psychology or|
|CJ 201 - Introduction to Criminal Justice|
|9||Professional Specialization Electives|
This sample curriculum is not intended to serve as a curriculum guide for current students, but rather an example of course offerings for prospective students. For the curriculum requirements in effect at the time of entrance into a program, consult with an academic advisor or with the Office of Registration and Records.
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Department of Communication
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