Agriculture Option

Students selecting the ag­ricultural option take basic science classes and communication courses and can specialize in areas such as policy, agribusiness, or food and agricultural sciences.

Those who like to be outdoors, like to work with people, and have a flair for communicating will probably do well in this field. Year after year, applied communications offers steadier employment than other communications fields.

Agricultural Option Curriculum Guide

Meet Mia Pentz

Mia Pentz

Major: Agricultural Communications and Journalism

Graduation Date: May 2021

Why did you choose the ACJ program?

I chose the ACJ program because I heard so many great things about ACJ. I started my college career in Umberger as an Ag Education major and it has always felt like home.

What do you like about the program and why?

I like the size of the program because my professors know me by name, and I can really invest in relationships with my classmates because they have been the same for the last two years.

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What opportunities have come out of being a part of this major?

I have gotten to learn about many topics my professors specialize in. I have also found what I am passionate about, which is emergency management and crisis communication.

What would you tell future students about agricultural communications and journalism?

Don't be afraid to make friends with classmates and visit your professors during office hours. Establishing mutually beneficial relationships early will set you up well for the coming years.

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What is the most important thing you have learned?

Not everyone thinks the same, and that's a great thing. Different minds conquer obstacles in unique ways, which allows the opportunity to be life-long learners.

Meet Jordan Pieschl

Jordan Pieschl
Major: Ag Communications and Journalism
Minor: Animal Sciences and Industry and International Agriculture
2011-2012 Kansas FFA President
Hometown: Brookville, Kan.

Jordan Pieschl

Why did you choose ACJ?
The program is so diverse, so I’m certain I can find a career that play to my strengths. I like the possibility of being a voice for agriculture.
How is the Department of Communications and Agricultural Education helping you with your career goals?
The advisers and I sat down and discussed my goals. They helped me realize that this major is really for me. I am excited for the hands-on experience for which the department is known!
What’s your favorite part of being an ACJ major?
How the major can apply to all of my interests. By breaking down the curriculum and really getting to know my adviser, I can personally tailor the major to work for me.
How have you gotten involved on campus?
Quest Freshman Honorary & Silvery Key Sophomore Honorary
Student Alumni Board
Student Foundation
Ag Ambassadors
Heifer International
"You can take this major so many different directions. It is super flexible and you can get a job in anything from policy to public relations," - Jordan Pieschl.