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Communications and Agricultural Education

Communications and Agricultural Education

Kansas State University
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301 Umberger Hall
Manhattan, KS 66506-3402

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Welcome to K-State Agricultural Communications and Journalism!

We have more jobs than students, and they are making great salaries in great jobs – such as working in the social office of the First Lady and traveling the country for public relations accounts.

The agricultural communications and journalism (ACJ) degree program allows you to combine your passion for agriculture and/or environmental issues with enhanced communications and journalism skills. Both the agricultural and environmental options feature challenging courses that will enhance your communications skills and your knowledge of natural and applied sciences.

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Possible Careers

Graduates enter many different fields and find opportunities in small towns and large cities. They write articles, shoot photographs and videos, and produce radio and television programs. They work for agribusiness and public relations firms, develop company magazines and websites, produce digital content, and manage consumer relations and social media. Graduates enter the public sector, work in legislative communications, public information, or as extension and experiment station editors. Some work for nonprofit organizations as communications directors or executive officers. These are only a few careers open to agricultural journalism and communication majors.

Potential Employers

Public relations firms, trade organizations, governmental agencies such as USDA or EPA, agribusiness firms, food companies, livestock breed associations, farm organizations, media companies.


The ACJ major offers an agricultural and an environmental option. For degree requirements and classes see www.communications.k-state.edu 

Agricultural Option

Basic science classes and communications courses prepare students for careers in public policy, agribusiness, or food and agricultural sciences. Students who like to work with people and have a flair for communications will do well in this field. Year after year, applied communications offers steadier employment than other communications fields.

Environmental Option

Requirements are similar to those for the agricultural option, except students choose courses related to natural resources and environmental sciences. By following their interests, students can earn a secondary major in natural resources and environmental sciences, making them even more competitive for science communication positions.

Student Activities

Student activities enrich the educational experience by giving students a chance to develop leadership skills, create friendships and explore new ideas. Agricultural Communicators of Tomorrow (ACT), an organization for future agricultural communicators and journalists, helps students make contacts and achieve professional goals. The group sponsors trips to regional and national communication centers and brings campus to speak at meetings. ACJ students also serve as leaders in other student organizations, which provide opportunities for growth.

Practical Experience

ACJ students gain experience by working in various jobs, both on and off campus. They spend at least one semester on the staff of the award-winning Kansas State Agriculturist magazine and may also work for other student media outlets. Other opportunities for communications work include departmental student positions and required intersession or summer internships. ACJ students have interned at the White House, Department of State, USDA, Fleishman-Hillard, Angus Journal, National Pork Producers Council, KFRM, K-State Radio Network, Kansas Farm Bureau Communications and Public Relations Division, National FFA Organization, and Roberts Dairy, to name a few. 


Faculty are committed to excellence in teaching and advising. They make it a point to get to know students. A low student-to-faculty ratio makes this possible. Advisors not only guide academic and career planning, but also help students with employment and other personal concerns.


The ACJ alumni network helps students find jobs and internships. Alumni mentor students while they are in school and continue to support them after they graduate. They share professional development information, upcoming networking events and job announcements through an active Facebook group, found at: www.facebook.com/groups/119947639046