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General Requirements

Selection of a major

Students usually select a curriculum or major when they enter the college. They are provided faculty academic advisors in their major fields. Students enroll in general agriculture if they want to enter some part of professional agriculture but are not yet ready to identify a particular major. They are assigned an academic advisor in the academic programs office or an advisor in one of the academic departments. These students are urged to choose majors before the end of the freshman year.

The curriculum or major may be changed at almost any time and with relative ease, though a change after the sophomore year may delay graduation.

Electives permit adaptation of the program to the student's goals. The student should work with an advisor to develop the most beneficial and effective academic program.

Many students work part time at K-State laboratories, greenhouses, and farms. This experience adds greatly to students' learning and understanding.

Selection of an option

Most major fields of study in agriculture provide for selection of groups of courses known as options. Some typical options include:

Business and industries

Students who wish to emphasize business, marketing, and management related to agribusiness firms may select an option in business and industries. Course work includes classes in business administration and economics.


Those who plan to enter farming, ranching, horticultural production, landscape and turf management, or other technical positions in agriculture or agribusiness may select a production/technical option. Study in one of these options allows students to gain more depth in the technical aspects of their majors.


A science/professional option prepares students for research and graduate and professional schools. This option allows students to structure programs strong in the basic sciences and/or other areas that will enhance success in graduate and professional schools such as law and veterinary medicine.

Additional options are available in certain curricula or majors to allow students to develop specific strengths or specializations.

Suggested courses

Suggested humanities and social science electives

The following list includes courses that will satisfy non-specific humanities and social science requirements for most agricultural majors. Requirements in some majors may be more specific in these areas. Students should consult their advisor for details.

(Maximum of 3 credit hours may be taken from participatory courses) (must be taken from more than one department):
American ethnic studies—any course
Architecture, planning, and design—any course in history or appreciation of architecture or environmental design
Anthropology—any course
Art—courses in appreciation and theory
Dance—any course
Economics—above ECON 110 Principles of Macroeconomics
English—any except courses in composition
Geography—any except GEOG220 Environmental Geography I and GEOG 221 Environmental Geography II
History—any course
Family studies and human services—any course
Modern languages—any course
Music—any course in theory or appreciation of music
Philosophy—any course
Political science—any course
Psychology—any course
Sociology, anthropology, and social work—any course
Theatre—any course
Women's studies—any course
Suggested additional communications courses

Many majors require additional communications courses beyond expository writing and speech. The following list includes courses that will satisfy non-specific communications requirements for most agricultural majors. Requirements in some majors may be more specific. Students should consult their adivsor for details.

AGCOM 400Agricultural Business Communications3
ENGL 300Expository Writing III3
ENGL 516Written Communications for the
SPCH 311Business and Professional Speaking3
SPCH 321Public Speaking II2
SPCH 322Interpersonal Communications3
SPCH 325Argumentation and Debate3
SPCH 326Small Group Discussion Methods3
SPCH 726Seminar in Persuasion3
MC 200News and Feature Writing3
MKTG 542Professional Selling and Sales Management3
EDSEC706Teaching Adults in Extension3
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