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 enter many different fields, finding opportunites in small towns and large cities. They write articles, shoot photographs and videos, and produce radio and television programs. They work for agribusiness and public relations firms, develop company magazines and websites, produce digital content, and manage consumer relations and social media. Graduates enter the public sector, work in legislative communications, public information, or as extension and experiment station editors. Some work for nonprofit organizations as communication directors or executive officers. These are only a few careers open to agricultural journalism and communication majors.
Basic science classes and communications courses prepare students for careers in public policy, agribusiness, or food and agricultural sciences. Students who like to work with people, and have a flair for communication will do well in this field. Year after year, applied communications offers steadier employment than other communications fields.
Requirements are similar to those for the agricultural option, except students choose courses related to natural resources and environmental sciences. By following their interests, students can earn a secondary major in natural resources and environmental sciences, making them even more competitive for science communication positions.