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Program Description

USU is the only university in the state where students can get a degree in agricultural communications and journalism. This program combines courses in journalism and agriculture to develop a well-rounded agricultural communications professional. There is a high demand for communications professionals with knowledge and background in agriculture because the agriculture industry, from farming and livestock to food production and human nutrition, encompasses a significant portion of careers worldwide.
This program is also unique because students graduate with two degrees – a BS in agricultural communications and journalism and a BS in journalism. This means that students are able to work in the broad field of journalism, but they also have the knowledge and qualifications to specialize in agricultural communications careers. Students take coursework in agricultural communication (sales, graphic design, web design, technical writing, leadership, agricultural literacy) and a variety of technical agricultural disciplines, including animal science, plant science, agricultural economics, textiles, and biotechnology. This training provides students with the basic knowledge to draw from as they communicate the importance of the food and fiber industry.

Ways to Get Involved

Agricultural Communication Club: Agricultural Communication Club is a chapter of the National Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow. National ACT is the professional organization for students majoring in agricultural communication and journalism. While membership is open to all USU students, goals and activities are designed to prepare graduates for careers relating to agricultural public relations, broadcast journalism, and print journalism. Activities include professional development designed to cultivate the skills and knowledge necessary for success in the profession, attending the National Association of Farm Broadcasting, attending Ag Media Summit, building relationships between students and professionals, and nurturing lifelong professional relationships.

Undergraduate Research: With the second oldest undergraduate research program in the nation, USU offers students a wide range of opportunities to gain hands-on research experience. The agricultural communication and journalism program hires undergraduate researchers, as well as mentors honors projects, to address research problems that determine what methods, programs, and communication strategies can effectively inform individuals about agricultural and environmental issues.

Where can I get more information?

For more information about the agricultural communication and journalism program at Utah State University, contact Taylor Adams. taylor.adams@usu.edu