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Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership

Agricultural Leadership

Students in agricultural leadership pursue a course of study that is multidisciplinary providing a strong foundation in agriculture and leadership. Agricultural leadership students develop a solid foundation in agricultural sciences and natural resources through a breadth of coursework including agricultural economics, animal science, entomology, mechanized agriculture, and plant and soil sciences. Students also take advanced agricultural courses in rural community development, international agriculture and environmental science.

Major requirements include coursework designed to develop knowledge related to leadership. The curriculum includes the following topics: best practices in leadership, personal leadership development and leadership theory. Additionally, students have the opportunity to develop an area of specialization related to agricultural leadership through the selection of 18 enrichment hours.

All leadership students prepare for their role as future agriculturists through a course in professional development and a 10-week internship experience. The professional development course focuses on effective team membership, and skills related to project management and professional presentations. Recent student internships have included experiences with the following organizations: Natural Resource Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, Agricultural Research Service, Tyson Foods, John Deere, Farm Credit, Murphy Family Farms and Lazy E Arena, all of which serve as possible career paths.

*A minor in Leadership Education is available to all OSU students (not just CASNR students) through the department.

Student Organizations
The department sponsors a wide range of student organizations to assist students in gaining the leadership, interpersonal and professional skills needed for a successful career and personal fulfillment. Student organizations include Leadership League, Collegiate FFA, Alpha Tau Alpha, Collegiate 4-H, Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow and Collegiate Farm Bureau.

Degree Options
You may choose from 3 study options to customize your degree:

  • Agricultural Leadership - Extension Education option (BSAG)
  • Agricultural Leadership - General option (BSAG)
  • Agricultural Leadership - International Studies option (BSAG)

Possible Careers of Graduates

  • Cooperative Extension agent
  • Agricultural loan agent
  • Agricultural sales representative
  • Director of member services
  • Director of information
  • Farm service agency representative
  • Natural resource conservation manager

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