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2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2021-2022 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Agricultural Education and Communications


Scott Burris, Ph.D., Chair

Professors: Akers, Brashears, Burris, Doerfert, Irlbeck, Lawver, Meyers, Rayfield
Associate Professors: Boren-Alpizar, Gibson, Ritz
Assistant Professors: Fischer, Headrick
Assistant Professor of Practice: Kennedy
Adjunct Faculty: Briers, Dooley, Murphrey, Murphy, Wingenbach

CONTACT INFORMATION: 103 Agricultural Education and Communications Building | Box 42131 | Lubbock, TX 79409-2131 | T 806.742.2816 | scott.burris@ttu.edu | www.depts.ttu.edu/aged

About the Department

This department supervises the following degree programs:

Undergraduate Program

Agricultural Education, B.S. Students majoring in agricultural education for the B.S. degree may choose from two concentrations: teacher certification or agricultural leadership. The teacher certification concentration involves courses from many departments in the college. Elective courses can be selected in areas of special interest. Job placement in high schools, cooperative extension, and community colleges offers a life-long career for many graduates and alternative employment opportunities for others. Students seeking teacher certification also may receive a degree in another agricultural area and, with proper planning, receive certification in agricultural education. The agricultural leadership concentration prepares students to enter a broad array of careers either in the public sector (legislature assistants, agricultural agencies) or private sector (training and development, management, or sales in agricultural, food, and natural resource industries).

Agricultural Communications, B.S. Agricultural communications allows students to specialize in both mass communications and agriculture. The communications component consists of prescribed courses in journalism, speech, public relations, photography, and advertising. Students select technical agriculture courses that allow them to specialize in areas of interest and to reinforce their general knowledge in agriculture.

Examples of careers in agricultural communications are communications specialist, photographer, lobbyist, editor, reporter, public relations specialist, event planner, videographer, and graphic designer. Agricultural communications majors gain hands-on experience while interning with a variety of professional communication entities, including national publications, television stations, commodity groups, and major agricultural events.

These degrees are also recommended for students interested in continued studies in professional schools such as law or business.

Minors. The department offers two minors for students outside the department: agricultural leadership  and agricultural communication studies .

Laptop Requirement. Undergraduate students in the department are required to have a laptop computer. Specifications are posted at both:

Graduate Program

For information on graduate programs offered by the Department of Agricultural Education and Communications, visit the Graduate Programs  section of the catalog.

Undergraduate Program Offerings & Course Descriptions


    Bachelor’sUndergraduate Minor


      ACOM - Agricultural Communications (Undergraduate Courses)AGED - Agricultural Education (Undergraduate Courses)AGLS - Agricultural Leadership (Undergraduate Courses)AGSM - Agricultural Systems Management (Undergraduate Courses)