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Kansas State University

Communications

K. M. Boone, Head

Professors Atkinson, Boone, Frank, and Terry; Associate Professors Baker and Ward; Assistant Professor Hill; Coordinators Jackson, Peter-Blecha, Melgares, and Morgan; Specialists Baldwin, Burton, Dissanayake, Domek, Dunn, Gilmore, Hackenberg, Hartman, Havenstein, B. Holcombe, G. Holcombe, Kepka, Knapp, Kowalik, Miller, Nova, Peterson, Pryor, Sheffield, Sleichter, Snyder, Spencer, Stadtlander, Wollenberg, Wright, and Zimmerli; Emeriti Professors Brandsberg, Burke, Erpelding, 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 305Animal Health 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 110Mass Communication in Society3
MC 200News and Feature Writing3
MC 241Editing and Design3
MC 303Advanced News and Feature Writing3
MC 396Mass Communications Research3
MC 466Law of Mass Communications3
 

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 courseGEOG220Environmental 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 courseGEOG220Environmental Geography I
University General Education courseGEOG440Geography 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 305Animal Health 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 110Mass Communications in Society3
MC 200News and Feature Writing3
MC 241Editing and Design3
MC 303Advanced News and Feature Writing3
MC 396Mass Communications Research3
MC 466Law of Mass Communications3
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 and sophomore standing or above.

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 200. Recommended pr.: MC 241, 331.

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. Pr.: Consent of instructor.

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.: Consent of instructor.

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 or consent of instructor.