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    Communications

    K. M. Boone, Interim Head

    Professors Atkinson, Erpelding, Frank, and Terry; Associate Professors Baker, Boone, and Ward; Assistant Professor Hill; Coordinators Jackson, Peter, Melgares, and Morgan; Specialists Balasubramanian, Baldwin, Burton, Dissanayake, Domek, Dunn, Hackenberg, Hartman, Havenstein, Holcombe, Kepka, Knapp, Kowalik, Miller, Peterson, Pryor, Sheffield, Sleichter, Snyder, Spencer, Stadtlander, Wollenberg, Wright, and Zimmerli; Emeriti Professors Brandsberg, Burke, Graham, Medlin, Thomas, Titus, and Unruh; Associate Professors Buchanan, Jorgenson, McGlashon, and Peck; Assistant Professors Kuehn and Tennant.

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    Agricultural communications and journalism
    Bachelor of science in agriculture
    127 semester hours

    The agricultural communications and journalism major prepares students for various communications positions related to agricultural and environmental areas. Careers can be targeted in public relations, newspaper, magazine, radio-television, advertising, marketing, and agricultural/environmental information. Students in the major have opportunities to work with radio facilities, desktop publishing equipment, cameras, and photo scanning equipment. The major focuses on helping students establish industry ties.

    Students must complete the university general education requirements specified by the College of Agriculture. See the College of Agriculture general requirements section. Students majoring in the curriculum can follow the agricultural or environmental options.

    Agricultural option
    General requirements

    ENGL 100Expository Writing I3
    ENGL 200Expository Writing II3
    SPCH 105Public Speaking 1A2
    GENAG 101Ag Orientation1
    MATH 100College Algebra3
    University General Education courseECON 110Principles of Macroeconomics3
    University General Education courseCHM 210Chemistry I4
    or
    University General Education courseCHM 110General Chemistry3
    and
    CHM 111General Chemistry Lab1
    Humanities and/or social sciences12
     
    Departmental requirements
    Students must complete a total of 33 credit hours in agricultural courses. Area requirements are:

    Agriculture core

    AGCOM 110Introduction to Agricultural Communications1
    AGCOM 410Agricultural Student Magazine3
    AGCOM 510Capstone in Agricultural Communications3
     
    Select any four required courses from the following:
    AGRON 305Soils4
    HORT 201Principles of Horticultural Science4
    or
    AGRON 220Crop Science4
    University General Education courseAGEC 120Agricultural Economics and
    Agribusiness3
    ENTOM 300Economic Entomology3
    or
    ENTOM 305Livestock Entomology2
    or
    ENTOM 320Horticultural Entomology3
    or
    ENTOM 312General Entomology2
    PLPTH 500Principles of Plant Pathology3
    University General Education courseFOR 375Introduction to Natural Resource
    Management3
    FDSCI 302Introduction to Food Science3
    FOR 285Introduction to Forestry3
    ATM 160Engineered Systems and Technology in Agriculture3
    BAE 350Ag Machinery Systems3
    Any course in animal sciences and industry
     
    Agricultural specialization
    In consultation with the advisor, the student will decide to study one area of agriculture in depth. The student will take two courses at the 300 level or above (advanced courses are defined as those with a prerequisite in that agriculture department).
     
    Agricultural electives
    Students may choose any other courses in the College of Agriculture to complete the 33 hours of agriculture. At least 6 hours at the 300 level or above.
     
    Journalism
    Students must complete a minimum of 27 hours in journalism and mass communications courses. Maximum journalism hours allowed is 33.
     
    Journalism core
    These 18 hours are required of all students. Enrollment in all skills courses requires completion of a composition test administered by the School of Journalism and Mass Communications.
     
    University General Education courseMC 235Mass Communication in Society3
    MC 400News and Feature Writing3
    MC 440Editing and Design3
    MC 500Advanced News and Feature Writing3
    MC 565Law of Mass Communications3
    MC 595Mass Communications Research3
     
    Journalism electives
    The remaining 9 to 15 hours in journalism may be chosen by the students in consultation with the faculty advisor. At least 9 hours at the 300 level or above.
     
    Biological sciences
    Required:
    University General Education courseBIOL 198Principles of Biology4
    or
    BIOL 210General Botany4
     
    One of the following:
    ASI 500Genetics3
    BIOL 201Organismic Biology3
    BIOL 303Ecology of Environmental
    Problems3
    BIOL 320Economic Botany3
     
    Math, statistics, and computer science
    Select one of the following:
    CIS 101-104Introduction to Personal Computing3
    CIS 200Fundamentals of Software Design and Implementation4
    and
    Computer language lab (200 level)1
    University General Education courseSTAT 340Biometrics I3
    University General Education courseSTAT 350Business and Economic Statistics I3
    or
    University General Education courseSTAT 330Elementary Statistics for the Social
    Sciences3
    ASI 490Microcomputer Applications in Animal Science and Industry3
    MATH 205General Calculus and Linear Algebra3
     
    Physical science
    Select one course from the following:
    University General Education courseBIOCH 110Biochemistry and Society3
    University General Education courseBIOCH 265Introduction to Organic and Biochemistry5
    BIOCH 521General Biochemistry3
    University General Education courseCHM 230Chemistry II4
    CHM 350General Organic Chemistry3
    CHM 531Organic Chemistry I3
    University General Education courseGEOL 100Earth in Action3
    University General Education courseGEOG 220Environmental Geography I4
    University General Education courseAGRON 335Environmental Quality3
     
    Business administration and agricultural economics
    Required:
    University General Education courseACCTG 231Accounting for Business
    Operations3
     
    One of the following:
    A course in business, accounting, economics, or AGEC with a 300 or higher course number.
     
    University General Education courseDenotes university general education courses.
     
    Environmental option
    May be combined with NRES secondary major.

    General requirements
    ENGL 100Expository Writing I3
    ENGL 200Expository Writing II3
    SPCH 105Public Speaking IA2
    GENAG 101Ag Orientation1
    MATH 100College Algebra3
    University General Education courseECON 110Principles of Macroeconomics3
    University General Education courseCHM 210Chemistry I4
    or
    University General Education courseCHM 110General Chemistry3
    and
    CHM 111General Chemistry Lab1
     
    Humanities and/or social sciences
    (12 or more hours required )
    Six or more credit hours from the following list:
    University General Education courseECON 527Environmental Economics
    ENGL 680Environment in American Literature
    GEOG 718Geography of Public Lands
    GEOG 720Geography of Land Use
    GEOG 725Geography of Water Resources
    GEOG 730World Agricultural Systems
    GEOG 760Human Impact on Environment
    GEOG 770Perception of the Environment
    HIST 511Environmental History
    HIST 563Global Environmental History
    University General Education courseLAR 322Environmental Issues and Ethics
    LAR 758Land Resource Information Systems
    LAR 759Land Resource Evaluation
    PHILO 595Environmental Ethics
    PLAN 315Introduction to Planning
    PLAN 590Problems Planning: Solid Waste Management
    SOCIO 536Environmental Sociology
     
    Physical science
    One course from following list:
    University General Education courseGEOG 220Environmental Geography I
    University General Education courseGEOG 440Geography Natural Resources
    University General Education courseGEOL 100Earth in Action
    University General Education courseGEOL 105Oceanography
    University General Education courseGEOL 115Environmental Geology
    University General Education courseGEOL 125Natural Disasters
     
    Physics
    PHYS 113General Physics
    or
    PHYS 115Descriptive Physics
    or
    University General Education coursePHYS 101The Physical World with Lab
    and 103
     
    Biological sciences
    University General Education courseBIOL 198Principles of Biology4
    or
    BIOL 210General Botany4
    BIOL 303Ecology of Environmental Problems3
     
    Math, statistics, and computer science
    (3 hours or more required)
    CIS 101-104Introduction to Personal Computers
    CIS 200Fundamentals of Software Design and Implementation
    and
    Computer language lab
    University General Education courseSTAT 330Elementary Statistics for Social Sciences
    University General Education courseSTAT 340Biometrics I
    University General Education courseSTAT 350Business and Economic Statistics I
    ASI 490Microcomputer Applications in ASI
    MATH 205Geneneral Calculus and Linear Algebra
     
    Business administration and ag economics
    University General Education courseACCTG 231Accounting for Business Operations3
    Plus 3 more hours at the 300 level or above.
     
    Agriculture requirements
    33 or more hours
    Required:
    AGCOM 110Introduction to Agicultural Communications1
    AGCOM 410Ag Student Magazine3
    AGCOM 510Capstone in Agricultural Communications3
     
    Four intro courses
    AGRON 305Soils4
    University General Education courseAGEC 120Ag Economics and Agribusiness3
    University General Education courseFOR 375Introduction to Natural Resource Management3
    or
    FOR 285Forest Resource Management3
     
    Select one from the following list:
    ATM 160Engineered Systems and Technology in Agriculture3
    HORT 201Principles of Horticultural Science4
    or
    AGRON 220Crop Science3
    ASI 102Principles of Animal Science3
    ENTOM 300Economic Entomology3
    or
    ENTOM 305Livestock Entomology2
    or
    ENTOM 320Horticultural Entomology3
    or
    ENTOM 312General Entomology3
    PLPTH 500Principles of Plant Pathology3
    FDSCI 302Introduction to Food Science3
    FOR 285Forest Resource Management3
     
    FOR 375Introduction to Natural Resource Management3
     
    Specialization
    GENAG 582NRES Capstone3
    AGEC 525Natural Resources and Environmental Economics3
     
    Ag electives from list to complete 33 hours
    AGRON 330Weed Science
    University General Education courseAGRON 335Environmental Quality
    AGRON 501Range Management
    AGRON 515Soil Genesis and Classification
    AGRON 635Soil Conservation and Management
    AGRON 645Soil Microbiology
    AGRON 746Physical Properties of Soil
    ATM 558Soil Erosion/Sedimentary Pollution
    ATM 653/654Water Management and Irrigation Systems/Lab
    ATM 661Water and Waste in the Environment
    BAE 350Ag Machinery Systems
    RRES 575Management Water Resources for Leisure
     
    Journalism core
    Journalism and mass communications courses (27 to 33 hours)
    Required courses:
    University General Education courseMC 235Mass Communications in Society3
    MC 400News and Feature Writing3
    MC 440Editing and Design3
    MC 500Advanced News and Feature Writing3
    MC 565Law of Mass Communications3
    MC 595Mass Communications Research3
    MC/Environmental Communication3
    AGCOM 712
     
    Journalism electives to complete 27 to 33 hrs (at least 300 level or above).
    Free electives10-16
    Total hours127
     
    University General Education courseDenotes university general education courses.

    Communications courses
    AGCOM 110. Introduction to Agricultural Communications. (1) I. Introduction to agricultural communications programs, activities, careers, and trends. Required of all students beginning a major in agricultural communications. One hour lec. per week.

    AGCOM 310. Communicating in the Agricultural Industry. (3) I. The purpose of this course is to help students identify the influence of communication styles and theories on agricultural issues. Agricultural sales will provide the experiential component for application of communication theory and interpersonal interactions. Three hours lec. per week.

    AGCOM 400. Agricultural Business Communications. (3) I, II. Written communications as used in agricultural industries. A writing course emphasizing the tools and techniques of writing memos, letters, short and long reports, proposals, and presentations. Three hours lec. per week. Pr.: ENGL 100.

    AGCOM 410. Agricultural Student Magazine. (1-5) I, II. Planning, interviewing, and preparing stories, headlines, layouts, advertising, and editing, for the Kansas State Agriculturist published by students in the College of Agriculture. Pr.: MC 400.

    AGCOM 420. Topics in Agricultural Communications. (1-3) I, II, S. Discussions of topics, studies, and activities important to agricultural communications. This course may be repeated.

    AGCOM 510. Capstone in Agricultural Communication. (3) II, in odd years. A capstone experience and project for agricultural communications and journalism students. Includes analysis of trends and issues in the field and discussion of communications planning. Three hours lec. a week. Pr.: Junior standing.

    AGCOM 550. Internship in Agricultural Communications. (1-3) I, II, S. The intern works in a professional capacity in areas such as print journalism, electronic media, advertising, photography, and public relations. Student is supervised by a professional and a faculty member. One hour of credit for each four weeks of supervised work. Internship report and presentation required. Pr.: Junior standing and departmental approval.

    AGCOM 712. Environmental Communication. (3) II, even-numbered years. Combines theoretical discussions with practical experience regarding communication about environmental issues and provides introduction to natural and applied science topics related to the communications plan. Three hours lec. a week. Pr.: Senior standing.

    AGCOM 770. Practicum in Professional Journalism. (1-4) For advanced students. Supervised practical work in the area of professional journalism and mass communications. Includes laboratory investigation, field work, and internships. Pr.: MC 500 or 320 and consent of supervising instructor.

    Topics within Agriculture:
    dGeneral Requirements dAgricultural Education dEntomology
    dUniversity General Education dAgricultural Technology Management dFood Science and Industry
    dProgram Choices dAgronomy dGrain Science and Industry
    dGeneral Agriculture dAnimal Sciences and Industry dHorticulture, Forestry, and Recreation Resources
    dAgricultural Economics dCommunications dPlant Pathology
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    August 19, 2005