Agricultural Communications and Journalism
“I love Agricultural Communications and Journalism because of its diversity and versatility. It has given me the chance to learn about every aspect of the agriculture industry and then work in any area.”
Students in Agricultural Communications and Journalism (ACJ) study agricultural or environmental sciences and mass communications. They work for public relations firms, government agencies, commodity organizations, newspapers, radio and television stations, magazines, nonprofits and other organizations. The agricultural and environmental options both feature challenging courses that will enhance your ability to communicate about natural and applied sciences.
Graduates find opportunities in many career fields in small communities and large cities. They write and take photographs for newspapers and magazines; prepare radio or television scripts and programs; work in consumer relations with agribusiness firms; serve as extension and experiment station editors; communicate for agencies; edit company magazines; manage social media; work as legislative communicators; graphic designers; communication directors; and countless other jobs
Students selecting the agricultural option take basic science classes and communication courses and can specialize in areas such as policy, agribusiness, or food and agricultural sciences. Those who like to be outdoors, like to work with people, and have a flair for communicating will probably do well in this field. Year after year, applied communications offers steadier employment than other communications fields.
The environmental option requirements are very similar to the agricultural option, but these students choose from a more specific set of courses more focused on natural resources to meet their interests and graduation requirements. Students who select this option complete a secondary major in natural resources and environmental sciences, which makes them even more marketable when competing for science-based communications positions.