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

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Advocate for agriculture

Agricultural communication graduates have a broad understanding of the agriculture industry and its challenges, along with effective communication and journalism skills to share these topics with others. They hold a wide variety of communications related positions in agribusiness, advertising, marketing, news media and public relations. 

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Are passionate about educating the public and advocating for agriculture.
  • Are involved in 4-H, FFA or other agricultural activities; Interested in mentoring or working with youth.
  • Demonstrate strong written or oral communication skills.
  • Express yourself in a creative or artistic manner.
  • Interested in advertising, public relations, graphic design or social media.

Career Opportunities

  • Marketing and communications
  • Magazine
  • Journalist
  • Social media and public relations specialist
  • Advertising agencies

Recent Employers

  • John Deere
  • Paulson Advertising
  • Vistacom
  • BEEF magazine
  • Accelerated Genetics
  • Agtegra
  • Washington Pavilion

Internship Opportunities

  • Certified Angus Beef
  • South Dakota Agricultural Heritage Museum
  • American Simmental Association
  • Minnesota Holstein Association
  • University of Minnesota 4-H Extension
  • Christensen Farms
  • Ag Management Solutions
  • Minnesota Pork Board
  • Minnesota Pork Producers Association
  • Minnesota Farm Bureau

Undecided or still deciding on a major and future career?

If you are uncertain about your major and have questions about career planning, you are not alone. Choosing a major or career can be a very difficult decision. The exploratory studies program may be a good fit if you are unsure of your major and career focus. Entering the university in the exploratory studies program will help you gain confidence and valuable insights on majors and minors available at SDSU and future career choices. 

In addition, FOCUS 2 Career, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you reflect on your values, interests, personality traits and skills to provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 Career by using their student email and password. After completing FOCUS 2 Career, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.