George W. Wardlow
Head of the Department
205 Agriculture Building
479-575-2035

Agricultural Education, Communications and Technology Website 

The department of agricultural education, communications and technology offers a degree program with four concentrations that lead to a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture. Students may choose one of four areas of concentration, or, with adviser’s approval, select courses from more than one concentration area.

  • The Agricultural Education concentration is designed for students who wish to receive initial teacher licensure to teach agricultural science in public schools.
  • The Agricultural Communications concentration is designed to produce graduates with both technical knowledge about the food and fiber industry and the communication skills needed to convey the story of agriculture to consumers, policy makers, and the public. Interpersonal and group communication, public relations, graphic design, electronic communication, communications campaign planning, and writing for the media are emphasized in this program.
  • The Agricultural Systems Technology Management concentration is for students who are planning a professional career related to technical operations and management in the agricultural industry. Graduates assume positions of leadership and responsibility in such areas as agricultural services and sales, agricultural management, agricultural production systems, product service, product testing, and service management. The program focuses on preparing students as problem solvers in the application, management and/or marketing of agricultural technology.
  • The Agricultural Leadership concentration incorporates interdisciplinary coursework that focuses on leadership and ethics in food and fiber systems, with courses offered from multiple disciplines. Interdisciplinary courses benefit students by offering different insights to problem solving, fostering collaboration with students from other majors, and reinforcing the importance of teamwork. 

Students with this major are in constant demand due to the rapidly changing educational needs of the agricultural and natural resources industries. Graduates with this degree have a broad knowledge of agricultural disciplines. They are prepared as agricultural technology transfer specialists to enter a variety of careers in formal and non-formal teaching roles in either the public or private sector as agricultural educators, extension agents, industry-based trainers, information specialists, or technology-management specialists. 

The department also offers programs for four minors: Agricultural Education, Agricultural Communications, Agricultural Systems Technology Management, and Agricultural Leadership.

Requirements for a Major in Agricultural Education, Communication and Technology (AECT)

The state minimum core and discipline specific general education requirements: 

(Course work that meets state minimum core requirements is in bold.)

University Perspectives1
University Perspectives
Communications6
Select English Core Courses
U.S. History or Government3
Select U.S. History or Government Core Courses
Mathematics3
College Algebra (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1103) (or higher excluding MATH 1313)
Science11
Principles of Biology (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lecture)
and Principles of Biology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lab)
Fundamentals of Chemistry (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1214 Lecture)
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1214 Lab)
Science or Math Elective (3 hours)
Fine Arts/Humanities6
Choose from 3 hours Fine Arts and 3 hours Humanities from State Minimum Core
Social Science9
Principles of Agricultural Microeconomics
Principles of Agricultural Macroeconomics
General Psychology (ACTS Equivalency = PSYC 1103)
Choose 3 hours Social Science from State Minimum Core
AECTBS Requirements30
Fundamentals of Agricultural Systems Technology
Agricultural and Human Environmental Sciences Applications of Microcomputers
Instructional and Presentation Strategies
Communicating Agriculture to the Public
Honors Communicating Agriculture to the Public
Leadership Development in Agriculture
Honors Leadership Development in Agriculture
Issues in Agriculture
Choose 3 hours from the following:**
Internship in Agricultural Education (3 hours)
Internship in Ag Communications
Internship in Ag Leadership
Internship in Ag Systems
Choose 9 hours from the following:
Introductory Animal Sciences
Environmental Science
Insects, Science and Society
Principles of Horticulture
Poultry Production
Science in the Kitchen
Principles of Plant Pathology
21-24 hours from concentration requirements (AGED, ACOM, ASTM, AGLE)21-24
Electives27-30
Total Hours120

**Internship choice should coincide with concentration declared 

Requirements for a Major in Agricultural Education, Communication and Technology (AECT) with an Agricultural Communications (ACOM) Concentration

ACOM Concentration Requirements (21 plus 3 practicum hours)24
Media Writing
Introduction to Agricultural Communications and Leadership
Ag Reporting and Feature Writing
Professional Development in Agricultural Communications and Leadership
Electronic Communications in Agriculture
Graphic Design in AFLS
Communication Campaigns in Agriculture
Ag Publications
Total Hours24

Agricultural Education, Communication & Technology B.S.A. with Agricultural Communications Concentration Nine-Semester Degree Program

First YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
UNIV 1001 University Perspectives1    
ASTM 1613 Fundamentals of Agricultural Systems Technology3    
BIOL 1543 Principles of Biology (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lecture)
& BIOL 1541L Principles of Biology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lab)
4    
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013)3    
Elective3    
ACOM 2143 Introduction to Agricultural Communications and Leadership  3  
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023)  3  
JOUR 1033 Media Writing  3  
MATH 1203 College Algebra (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1103) (or higher)  3  
ACOM 3143 Communicating Agriculture to the Public
or ACOM 3143H Honors Communicating Agriculture to the Public
  3  
Year Total: 14 15  
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
AGEC 1103 Principles of Agricultural Microeconomics
or AGEC 2103 Principles of Agricultural Macroeconomics
3    
ASTM 2903 Agricultural and Human Environmental Sciences Applications of Microcomputers3    
CHEM 1073 Fundamentals of Chemistry (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1214 Lecture)
& CHEM 1071L Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1214 Lab)
4    
Fine Arts/Humanities Core Elective3    
AECTBS Core Elective3    
HIST 2003 History of the American People to 1877 (ACTS Equivalency = HIST 2113) (or HIST 2013 History of the American People, 1877 to Present (ACTS )
or PLSC 2003 American National Government (ACTS Equivalency = PLSC 2003)
  3  
PSYC 2003 General Psychology (ACTS Equivalency = PSYC 1103)  3  
Electives  6  
AECTBS Core Elective  3  
Year Total: 16 15  
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
Fine Arts/Humanities Core Elective3    
Elective6    
AECTBS Core Elective3    
ACOM 3243 Ag Reporting and Feature Writing3    
AGLE 3153 Leadership Development in Agriculture
or AGLE 3153H Honors Leadership Development in Agriculture
  3  
ACOM 4343 Communication Campaigns in Agriculture  3  
Science/Math Elective  3  
Social Science Core Elective  3  
Elective  3  
ACOM 475V Internship in Ag Communications
or AGED 475V Internship in Agricultural Education
or AGLE 475V Internship in Ag Leadership
or ASTM 475V Internship in Ag Systems
    3
Year Total: 15 15 3
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
ACOM 3943 Professional Development in Agricultural Communications and Leadership3    
AGED 4003 Issues in Agriculture3    
ACOM 4243 Graphic Design in AFLS3    
AGED 3133 Instructional and Presentation Strategies3    
Elective3    
ACOM 4143 Electronic Communications in Agriculture  3  
ACOM 4543 Ag Publications  3  
Elective  6  
Year Total: 15 12  
 
Total Units in Sequence:   120

Requirements for a Major in Agricultural Education, Communication and Technology (AECT)

The state minimum core and discipline specific general education requirements: 

(Course work that meets state minimum core requirements is in bold.)

University Perspectives1
University Perspectives
Communications6
Select English Core Courses
U.S. History or Government3
Select U.S. History or Government Core Courses
Mathematics3
College Algebra (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1103) (or higher excluding MATH 1313)
Science11
Principles of Biology (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lecture)
and Principles of Biology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lab)
Fundamentals of Chemistry (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1214 Lecture)
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1214 Lab)
Science or Math Elective (3 hours)
Fine Arts/Humanities6
Choose from 3 hours Fine Arts and 3 hours Humanities from State Minimum Core
Social Science9
Principles of Agricultural Microeconomics
Principles of Agricultural Macroeconomics
General Psychology (ACTS Equivalency = PSYC 1103)
Choose 3 hours Social Science from State Minimum Core
AECTBS Requirements30
Fundamentals of Agricultural Systems Technology
Agricultural and Human Environmental Sciences Applications of Microcomputers
Instructional and Presentation Strategies
Communicating Agriculture to the Public
Honors Communicating Agriculture to the Public
Leadership Development in Agriculture
Honors Leadership Development in Agriculture
Issues in Agriculture
Choose 3 hours from the following:**
Internship in Agricultural Education (3 hours)
Internship in Ag Communications
Internship in Ag Leadership
Internship in Ag Systems
Choose 9 hours from the following:
Introductory Animal Sciences
Environmental Science
Insects, Science and Society
Principles of Horticulture
Poultry Production
Science in the Kitchen
Principles of Plant Pathology
21-24 hours from concentration requirements (AGED, ACOM, ASTM, AGLE)21-24
Electives27-30
Total Hours120

**Internship choice should coincide with concentration declared 

Additional Requirements for the Agricultural Education Concentration

Complete an evaluation for internship. Students must also meet the following criteria to be cleared for the internship:

  1. Successful completion of core competency exams by meeting or exceeding the UA Teacher Preparation Program cut-off scores. This test should be taken after the student has completed 30 credit hours and upon completion of ENGL 1013, ENGL 1023, and MATH 1203.

Option 1 — ACT

  • Reading: 20
  • Writing: 7
  • Math: 20

 Option 2 — SAT

  • Reading: 544
  • Writing: 5
  • Math: 533

Option 3 — GRE

  • Reading: 151
  • Writing: 4
  • Math: 162

Option 4 — Praxis Core

  • Reading: 168
  • Writing: 165
  • Math: 162

2. Obtain a “C” or better in the following pre-education core courses: AGED 1123, CIED 3023/CIED 4023, and CIED 3033.

3. Obtain a “C” or better in concentration education courses: AGED 3111,   AGED 3133, ACOM 3143, AGED 4211, AGED 4231, and AGED 4843L .

4. Complete and submit the online application to teacher education through the university-wide Office of Teacher Education and pay the Teacher Education Application Fee. Apply to the Office of Teacher Education by Jan. 15 prior to the fall semester of the junior year. For more information, contact the Teacher Education Office in GRAD 336.  Complete degree with a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher. The degree must be posted to your University of Arkansas transcript at the Registrar’s Office prior to certification. For more information, please contact the Office of Teacher Education in Peabody Hall (PEAH) 109.

5. Obtain departmental clearance for GPA requirements, course work requirements, an interview, and/or other requirements. Obtain clearance through an Arkansas Department of Education background check. Note: Another background check will be required prior to graduation in order to be eligible for licensure.

6. Student is aware that he/she is responsible for meeting enrollment requirements for any scholarships received and is responsible for enrolling in the proper number of hours to meet graduation requirements.

Other Certification Requirements

  1. NTE Principles of Learning and Teaching (7-12)
    • Test Code 0524 — Minimum Score: 164
  2. Subject Matter Test Agriculture
    • Test Code 0700 — Minimum Score: 150
  3. Criminal Background Check
AGED Concentration Requirements (21 plus 3 practicum hours)
AGED 1123Foundations of Agricultural Education3
AGED 3111Student Management1
AGED 3162Curriculum Development and Assessment Techniques in AGED2
AGED 3161LCurriculum Development and Assessment Techniques in Career and Technical Education Laboratory1
AGED 4113Undergraduate Researchers Improving Student Experience3
AGED 4211Teachers as Professionals1
AGED 4231Program Development1
AGED 475VInternship in Agricultural Education (3 hours - Criminal background check is required prior to student internship)3
CIED 3023Survey of Exceptionalities3
or CIED 4023 Teaching in Inclusive Secondary Settings
AGED 4843LMethods in Agricultural Laboratories3
CIED 3033Classroom Learning Theory3
Total Hours24

Agricultural Education, Communication & Technology B.S.A. with Agricultural Education Concentration

Eight-Semester Degree Program

Students wishing to follow the degree plan should see the Eight Semester Degree Policy for university requirements of the program. (*See degree audit in UAConnect for complete course list.)

First YearUnits
FallSpring
UNIV 1001 University Perspectives1  
AGED 1123 Foundations of Agricultural Education3  
ASTM 1613 Fundamentals of Agricultural Systems Technology3  
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013) (Unless Exempt)3  
AECTBS Core Elective3  
Elective3  
BIOL 1543 Principles of Biology (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lecture)
& BIOL 1541L Principles of Biology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lab)
  4
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023) (Unless Exempt)  3
MATH 1203 College Algebra (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1103) (or higher)  3
PSYC 2003 General Psychology (ACTS Equivalency = PSYC 1103)  3
Elective  3
Year Total: 16 16
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpring
AGEC 1103 Principles of Agricultural Microeconomics
or AGEC 2103 Principles of Agricultural Macroeconomics
3  
ASTM 2903 Agricultural and Human Environmental Sciences Applications of Microcomputers3  
CHEM 1073 Fundamentals of Chemistry (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1214 Lecture)
& CHEM 1071L Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1214 Lab)
4  
Fine Arts/Humanities Core Elective3  
AGED 4113 Undergraduate Researchers Improving Student Experience3  
ACOM 3143 Communicating Agriculture to the Public
or ACOM 3143H Honors Communicating Agriculture to the Public
  3
HIST 2003 History of the American People to 1877 (ACTS Equivalency = HIST 2113) (or HIST 2013 History of the American People, 1877 to Present (ACTS Equivalency = HIST 2123) (Spr, Su, Fa))
or PLSC 2003 American National Government (ACTS Equivalency = PLSC 2003)
  3
AECTBS Core Elective  3
Science or Math Elective  3
Elective  3
Year Total: 16 15
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpring
AGED 3133 Instructional and Presentation Strategies3  
AGLE 3153 Leadership Development in Agriculture
or AGLE 3153H Honors Leadership Development in Agriculture
3  
Social Science Core Elective3  
Elective6  
CIED 3023 Survey of Exceptionalities
or CIED 4023 Teaching in Inclusive Secondary Settings
  3
AGED 3162 Curriculum Development and Assessment Techniques in AGED  2
Electives  6
AECTBS Core Elective  3
Year Total: 15 14
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpring
CIED 3033 Classroom Learning Theory3  
AGED 4003 Issues in Agriculture3  
AGED 3161L Curriculum Development and Assessment Techniques in Career and Technical Education Laboratory1  
Electives6  
Fine Arts/Humanities Core Elective3  
AGED 3111 Student Management  1
AGED 4211 Teachers as Professionals  1
AGED 4231 Program Development  1
AGED 4843L Methods in Agricultural Laboratories  3
AGED 475V Internship in Agricultural Education
or ACOM 475V Internship in Ag Communications
or AGLE 475V Internship in Ag Leadership
or ASTM 475V Internship in Ag Systems
  6
Year Total: 16 12
 
Total Units in Sequence:  120

Requirements for a Major in Agricultural Education, Communication and Technology (AECT)

The state minimum core and discipline specific general education requirements: 

(Course work that meets state minimum core requirements is in bold.)

University Perspectives1
University Perspectives
Communications6
Select English Core Courses
U.S. History or Government3
Select U.S. History or Government Core Courses
Mathematics3
College Algebra (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1103) (or higher excluding MATH 1313)
Science11
Principles of Biology (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lecture)
and Principles of Biology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lab)
Fundamentals of Chemistry (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1214 Lecture)
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1214 Lab)
Science or Math Elective (3 hours)
Fine Arts/Humanities6
Choose from 3 hours Fine Arts and 3 hours Humanities from State Minimum Core
Social Science9
Principles of Agricultural Microeconomics
Principles of Agricultural Macroeconomics
General Psychology (ACTS Equivalency = PSYC 1103)
Choose 3 hours Social Science from State Minimum Core
AECTBS Requirements30
Fundamentals of Agricultural Systems Technology
Agricultural and Human Environmental Sciences Applications of Microcomputers
Instructional and Presentation Strategies
Communicating Agriculture to the Public
Honors Communicating Agriculture to the Public
Leadership Development in Agriculture
Honors Leadership Development in Agriculture
Issues in Agriculture
Choose 3 hours from the following:**
Internship in Agricultural Education (3 hours)
Internship in Ag Communications
Internship in Ag Leadership
Internship in Ag Systems
Choose 9 hours from the following:
Introductory Animal Sciences
Environmental Science
Insects, Science and Society
Principles of Horticulture
Poultry Production
Science in the Kitchen
Principles of Plant Pathology
21-24 hours from concentration requirements (AGED, ACOM, ASTM, AGLE)21-24
Electives27-30
Total Hours120

**Internship choice should coincide with concentration declared 

Requirements for a Major in Agricultural Education, Communication and Technology (AECT) with an Agricultural Leadership (AGLE) Concentration

AGLE Concentration Requirements (21 hours)21
Introduction to Agricultural Communications and Leadership
Professional Development in Agricultural Communications and Leadership
Survey of Leadership Theory in Agriculture
Leadership Analysis Through Film
Principles of Technological Change
Public Speaking (ACTS Equivalency = SPCH 1003)
Professional Growth and Critical Career Skills
Total Hours21

Agricultural Education, Communication & Technology B.S.A. with Agricultural Leadership Concentration

Nine-Semester Degree Program

First YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
UNIV 1001 University Perspectives1    
ASTM 1613 Fundamentals of Agricultural Systems Technology3    
AGLE 2143 Introduction to Agricultural Communications and Leadership3    
BIOL 1543 Principles of Biology (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lecture)
& BIOL 1541L Principles of Biology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lab)
4    
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013)3    
COMM 1313 Public Speaking (ACTS Equivalency = SPCH 1003)  3  
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023)  3  
MATH 1203 College Algebra (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1103)  3  
HIST 2003 History of the American People to 1877 (ACTS Equivalency = HIST 2113)
or HIST 2013 History of the American People, 1877 to Present (ACTS Equivalency = HIST 2123)
or PLSC 2003 American National Government (ACTS Equivalency = PLSC 2003)
  3  
Social Science Core Elective  3  
Year Total: 14 15  
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
AECTBS Core Elective3    
ASTM 2903 Agricultural and Human Environmental Sciences Applications of Microcomputers3    
AGEC 1103 Principles of Agricultural Microeconomics
or AGEC 2103 Principles of Agricultural Macroeconomics
3    
CHEM 1073 Fundamentals of Chemistry (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1214 Lecture)
& CHEM 1071L Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1214 Lab)
4    
Fine Arts/Humanities Core Elective3    
AECTBS Core Elective  3  
ACOM 3143 Communicating Agriculture to the Public
or ACOM 3143H Honors Communicating Agriculture to the Public
  3  
Fine Arts/Humanities Core Elective  3  
PSYC 2003 General Psychology (ACTS Equivalency = PSYC 1103)  3  
Science or Math Elective  3  
Year Total: 16 15  
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
AGED 3133 Instructional and Presentation Strategies3    
AGLE 3943 Professional Development in Agricultural Communications and Leadership3    
General Elective9    
AGLE 3153 Leadership Development in Agriculture
or AGLE 3153H Honors Leadership Development in Agriculture
  3  
General Electives  12  
AGLE 475V Internship in Ag Leadership
or AGED 475V Internship in Agricultural Education
or ACOM 475V Internship in Ag Communications
or ASTM 475V Internship in Ag Systems
    3
Year Total: 15 15 3
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
AGED 4003 Issues in Agriculture3    
AGLE 4153 Survey of Leadership Theory in Agriculture3    
AGED 4443 Principles of Technological Change3    
AFLS 3993 Professional Growth and Critical Career Skills3    
AECTBS Core Elective3    
AGLE 4163 Leadership Analysis Through Film  3  
General Elective  9  
Year Total: 15 12  
 
Total Units in Sequence:   120

Requirements for a Major in Agricultural Education, Communication and Technology (AECT)

The state minimum core and discipline specific general education requirements: 

(Course work that meets state minimum core requirements is in bold.)

University Perspectives1
University Perspectives
Communications6
Select English Core Courses
U.S. History or Government3
Select U.S. History or Government Core Courses
Mathematics3
College Algebra (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1103) (or higher excluding MATH 1313)
Science11
Principles of Biology (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lecture)
and Principles of Biology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lab)
Fundamentals of Chemistry (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1214 Lecture)
and Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1214 Lab)
Science or Math Elective (3 hours)
Fine Arts/Humanities6
Choose from 3 hours Fine Arts and 3 hours Humanities from State Minimum Core
Social Science9
Principles of Agricultural Microeconomics
Principles of Agricultural Macroeconomics
General Psychology (ACTS Equivalency = PSYC 1103)
Choose 3 hours Social Science from State Minimum Core
AECTBS Requirements30
Fundamentals of Agricultural Systems Technology
Agricultural and Human Environmental Sciences Applications of Microcomputers
Instructional and Presentation Strategies
Communicating Agriculture to the Public
Honors Communicating Agriculture to the Public
Leadership Development in Agriculture
Honors Leadership Development in Agriculture
Issues in Agriculture
Choose 3 hours from the following:**
Internship in Agricultural Education (3 hours)
Internship in Ag Communications
Internship in Ag Leadership
Internship in Ag Systems
Choose 9 hours from the following:
Introductory Animal Sciences
Environmental Science
Insects, Science and Society
Principles of Horticulture
Poultry Production
Science in the Kitchen
Principles of Plant Pathology
21-24 hours from concentration requirements (AGED, ACOM, ASTM, AGLE)21-24
Electives27-30
Total Hours120

**Internship choice should coincide with concentration declared 

Requirements for a Major in Agricultural Education, Communication and Technology (AECT) with an Agricultural Systems Technology Management (ASTM) Concentration

ASTM Concentration Requirements (21 hours)21
Small Power Units/Turf Equipment
Small Power Units/Turf Equipment Laboratory
Electricity in Agriculture
Mechanized Systems Management
Introduction to Agribusiness
Food and Agricultural Marketing
Agribusiness Marketing Management
Choose 3 credits from:
Fundamentals of Agricultural Systems Technology Laboratory
Metals and Welding
Surveying in Agriculture and Forestry
Special Topics in Agricultural Mechanization
Irrigation
GIS for Environmental Science
Geospatial Applications and Information Science
Introduction to Global Positioning Systems and Global Navigation Satellite Systems
Total Hours21

Agricultural Education, Communication & Technology B.S.A. with Agricultural Systems Technology Management Concentration

Nine-Semester Degree Program

First YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
UNIV 1001 University Perspectives1    
ASTM 1613 Fundamentals of Agricultural Systems Technology3    
AECTBS Core Elective3    
BIOL 1543 Principles of Biology (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lecture)
& BIOL 1541L Principles of Biology Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = BIOL 1014 Lab)
4    
ENGL 1013 Composition I (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1013)3    
ENGL 1023 Composition II (ACTS Equivalency = ENGL 1023)  3  
Fine Arts/Humanities Core Elective  3  
HIST 2003 History of the American People to 1877 (ACTS Equivalency = HIST 2113) (or HIST 2013 History of the American People, 1877 to Present (ACTS Equivalency = HIST 2123) (Sp, Su, Fa))
or PLSC 2003 American National Government (ACTS Equivalency = PLSC 2003)
  3  
MATH 1203 College Algebra (ACTS Equivalency = MATH 1103) (or higher)  3  
PSYC 2003 General Psychology (ACTS Equivalency = PSYC 1103)  3  
Year Total: 14 15  
 
Second YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
AGEC 1103 Principles of Agricultural Microeconomics
or AGEC 2103 Principles of Agricultural Macroeconomics
3    
ASTM 2903 Agricultural and Human Environmental Sciences Applications of Microcomputers3    
CHEM 1073 Fundamentals of Chemistry (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1214 Lecture)
& CHEM 1071L Fundamentals of Chemistry Laboratory (ACTS Equivalency = CHEM 1214 Lab)
4    
AECTBS Core Elective3    
General Elective3    
AGEC 2303 Introduction to Agribusiness  3  
ACOM 3143 Communicating Agriculture to the Public
or ACOM 3143H Honors Communicating Agriculture to the Public
  3  
AECTBS Core Elective  3  
Math/Science Elective  3  
General Elective  3  
Year Total: 16 15  
 
Third YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
ASTM Concentration Elective3    
AGED 3133 Instructional and Presentation Strategies3    
General Elective3    
Social Science Core Elective3    
Fine Arts/Humanities Core Elective3    
AGEC 3303 Food and Agricultural Marketing  3  
AGLE 3153 Leadership Development in Agriculture
or AGLE 3153H Honors Leadership Development in Agriculture
  3  
ASTM 3102 Small Power Units/Turf Equipment
& ASTM 3101L Small Power Units/Turf Equipment Laboratory
  3  
ASTM 3173 Electricity in Agriculture  3  
General Elective  3  
ASTM 475V Internship in Ag Systems
or AGED 475V Internship in Agricultural Education
or ACOM 475V Internship in Ag Communications
or AGLE 475V Internship in Ag Leadership
    3
Year Total: 15 15 3
 
Fourth YearUnits
FallSpringSummer
AGED 4003 Issues in Agriculture3    
AGEC 4303 Agribusiness Marketing Management3    
General Electives9    
ASTM 4203 Mechanized Systems Management  3  
General Electives  9  
Year Total: 15 12  
 
Total Units in Sequence:   120

Minor in Agricultural Communications (ACOM-M)

The Agricultural Communications Minor will consist of 18 hours to include the following:

ACOM 2143Introduction to Agricultural Communications and Leadership3
ACOM 3143Communicating Agriculture to the Public3
or ACOM 3143H Honors Communicating Agriculture to the Public
JOUR 1033Media Writing3
Select 9 hours from the following:9
Ag Reporting and Feature Writing
Professional Development in Agricultural Communications and Leadership
Electronic Communications in Agriculture
Graphic Design in AFLS
Communication Campaigns in Agriculture
Ag Publications
Total Hours18

A student planning to minor in Agricultural Education must notify the program adviser.

Minor in Agricultural Education (AGED-M)

The Agricultural Education Minor will consist of 20 hours to include the following:

AGED 3162Curriculum Development and Assessment Techniques in AGED2
AGED 4231Program Development1
AGED 3161LCurriculum Development and Assessment Techniques in Career and Technical Education Laboratory1
AGED 4211Teachers as Professionals1
AGED 3111Student Management1
CIED 3033Classroom Learning Theory3
AGED 4113Undergraduate Researchers Improving Student Experience3
CIED 4023Teaching in Inclusive Secondary Settings3
AGED 475VInternship in Agricultural Education2
AGED 4843LMethods in Agricultural Laboratories3
Total Hours20

Teacher Education Requirements:  To gain teacher certification, students must apply during the Fall semester of their sophomore year. We recognize not all programs can follow this timeline, but applying early will allow ample time to complete the requirements for clearance through Teacher Education.

Minor in Agricultural Leadership (AGLE-M)

The Agricultural Leadership Minor will consist of 18 semester hours to include:

AGLE 2143Introduction to Agricultural Communications and Leadership3
AGLE 3153Leadership Development in Agriculture3
or AGLE 3153H Honors Leadership Development in Agriculture
AGLE 4153Survey of Leadership Theory in Agriculture3
Select 9 hours from the following:9
Agribusiness Sales
Leadership Analysis Through Film
Instructional and Presentation Strategies
Professional Development in Agricultural Communications and Leadership
Principles of Technological Change
Management of Volunteer Programs

A student planning to minor in Agricultural Leadership should contact the program adviser for consultation and more detailed information.

Minor in Agricultural Systems Technology Management (ASTM-M)

The Agricultural Systems Technology Management Minor will consist of 18 hours to include the following:

ASTM 1613Fundamentals of Agricultural Systems Technology3
ASTM 2903Agricultural and Human Environmental Sciences Applications of Microcomputers3
Select 12 hours from the following:12
Fundamentals of Agricultural Systems Technology Laboratory
Metals and Welding
Surveying in Agriculture and Forestry
Small Power Units/Turf Equipment
and Small Power Units/Turf Equipment Laboratory
Electricity in Agriculture
Mechanized Systems Management
Irrigation
GIS for Environmental Science
Total Hours18

A student planning to minor in Agricultural Systems Technology Management must notify the program adviser for consultation and more detailed information.

Faculty

Cox, Casandra Kay, M.S., B.S. (University of Arkansas), Instructor, 2003.
Estes, Hanna, M.S., B.S. (University of Arkansas), Instructor, 2014.
Graham, Donna Lucas, Ph.D. (University of Maryland-College Park), M.Ed., B.S. (University of Arkansas), University Professor, 1985.
Johnson, Donald M., Ph.D. (University of Missouri-Columbia), M.A., B.S. (Western Kentucky University), Professor, 1993.
Miller, Jefferson Davis, Ph.D., M.A. (Oklahoma State University), B.A. (Northeastern State University), Professor, 2001.
Rice, Lanny, M.S. (University of Arkansas), Instructor, 2012.
Rucker, Kathryn Jill, Ph.D., M.B.A., B.S. (Oklahoma State University), Associate Professor, 2013.
Shoulders, Kate, Ph.D. (University of Florida), M.S., M.A. (Murray State University), Associate Professor, 2012.
Wardlow, George W., Ph.D. (The Ohio State University), M.Ed., B.S. (University of Missouri-Columbia), Professor, 1992.
Whitehead, Isabel M., M.S. (University of Arkansas), B.S. (Sul Ross State University), Instructor, 2018.

Agricultural Education Courses

AGED 1031. Introduction to Early Field Experience. 1 Hour.

A thirty hour field experience designed to give prospective agricultural education teachers an opportunity to observe and participate in a variety of school settings. Corequisite: AGED 1123. (Typically offered: Fall)

AGED 1123. Foundations of Agricultural Education. 3 Hours.

A preparatory course evaluating the historical foundations of agricultural education with an introduction to the psychological, sociological and philosophical foundations of education. This course will encourage reflective practice through understanding of educational trends, classroom environment creation and utilization, and effective program planning. (Typically offered: Fall)

AGED 1133. Lifelong Agricultural Advocacy. 3 Hours.

This course will supply students with the necessary information and skills to evaluate and seek out opportunities and methods for advocating for agricultural industries. This course will equip students with the knowledge and skills to become active agricultural leaders serving at the intersection of policy, consumer engagement, and best agricultural practice. (Typically offered: Fall)

AGED 3111. Student Management. 1 Hour.

To guide students in the development of realistic, proactive classroom management strategies that establish a safe culture of student learning and academic success. Prerequisite: Instructor Consent. (Typically offered: Spring)

AGED 3133. Instructional and Presentation Strategies. 3 Hours.

Methods and techniques in teaching agriculture at the secondary level. Lecture/laboratory 4 hours per week. Corequisite: Lab component. (Typically offered: Fall)

AGED 3161L. Curriculum Development and Assessment Techniques in Career and Technical Education Laboratory. 1 Hour.

To supply students with opportunities to apply skills in creating curricula, lesson plans, and assessment strategies for courses in career and technical education. Materials created as a result of this course will apply principles learned in AGED 3162, and will align with anticipated courses to be taught by the student during his/her teaching internship. Pre- or Corequisite: AGED 3162. (Typically offered: Fall)

AGED 3162. Curriculum Development and Assessment Techniques in AGED. 2 Hours.

To supply students with the necessary information and skills to select and apply appropriate teaching techniques, curricula, resources, and assessment strategies when designing a course in career and technical education. (Typically offered: Spring)

AGED 3173. Research Methods in the Social Sciences. 3 Hours.

This course offers undergraduate students the basics and explanation for appropriate research procedures, data collection, analysis, and reporting. Course objectives to include identifying appropriate components of research works, evaluation of research in social science and creation of research projects. The purpose of the course is to prepare undergraduate students to be better producers and consumers of research in the social sciences. (Typically offered: Summer)

AGED 3173H. Honors Research Methods in the Social Sciences. 3 Hours.

This course offers undergraduate students the basics and explanation for appropriate research procedures, data collection, analysis, and reporting. Course objectives to include identifying appropriate components of research works, evaluation of research in social science and creation of research projects. The purpose of the course is to prepare undergraduate students to be better producers and consumers of research in the social sciences. (Typically offered: Summer)
This course is equivalent to AGED 3173.

AGED 4003. Issues in Agriculture. 3 Hours.

Lecture and discussion on local, regional, national and international issues related to agricultural policy, ethics, environment, society, and science. Designed for students with at least six hours of upper division agricultural science courses. Prerequisite: Junior standing. (Typically offered: Fall)

AGED 400V. Special Problems in Agricultural and Extension Education. 1-6 Hour.

Individual study or research for advanced undergraduates in the field of agricultural and extension education. (Typically offered: Fall, Spring and Summer) May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

AGED 401V. Special Topics. 1-3 Hour.

Studies of selected topics in agricultural or extension education not covered in other courses. (Typically offered: Irregular) May be repeated for up to 4 hours of degree credit.

AGED 4113. Undergraduate Researchers Improving Student Experience. 3 Hours.

To engage students in the social sciences in action research that serves to solve a problem or answer a question within the student's academic field through scientific inquiry. All students will work with professionals, commonly outside of the university, within their discipline to conduct their action research in order to solve a problem experienced by that professional. Students may work in teams or individually to complete the overall purpose of the course. (Typically offered: Spring)

AGED 4211. Teachers as Professionals. 1 Hour.

To expose students to the roles and responsibilities of professional teachers. Students will understand the characteristics common to professionals and apply these to the teaching setting. Real-world examples of "grey-area" situations will allow students to evaluate issues holistically and determine appropriate solutions following the ethical and professional guidelines of the teaching discipline. Additionally, students will prepare resumes and engage in mock interviews to enhance their professional dispositions as they consider employment opportunities. Prerequisite: Instructor consent. (Typically offered: Fall)

AGED 4231. Program Development. 1 Hour.

Principles and concepts of leadership, program organization, supervised agricultural experience, and advisory committees. This course is a portion of pre-professional studies required for certification in agricultural education. Prerequisite: AGED 3133 and instructor consent. (Typically offered: Spring)

AGED 4443. Principles of Technological Change. 3 Hours.

This course introduces a structured approach for dealing with the organizational and human aspects of technology transition, including the key concepts of resistance and change management, organizational change, communications, and processes by which professional change agents influence the introduction, adoption, and diffusion of technological change. This course may be offered as a web-based course. Prerequisite: Junior standing. (Typically offered: Fall Odd Years)

AGED 4632. Teaching Diverse Populations in Agricultural and Extension Education. 2 Hours.

This course is designed to provide pre-service teachers of agriculture with an understanding of teaching diverse populations as applied to problems of practice in agricultural and extension education. (Typically offered: Spring)

AGED 475V. Internship in Agricultural Education. 1-6 Hour.

Scheduled practical field experiences under the supervision of a professional practitioner in off-campus secondary school systems. Emphasis includes classroom preparation, teaching, and student evaluation. Successful completion of a criminal background check required before a student can begin internship. Prerequisite: Admission into Clinical Practice. (Typically offered: Fall, Spring and Summer) May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

AGED 4843L. Methods in Agricultural Laboratories. 3 Hours.

Methods and management techniques in all types of agricultural laboratories that may be in a secondary agricultural science program. Emphasis on management of students and facilities, equipment, and materials. Laboratory 6 hours per week. (Typically offered: Spring)

Agricultural Systems Technology Management Courses

ASTM 1611L. Fundamentals of Agricultural Systems Technology Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Study of basic mathematical and physical science concepts important in the mechanization of agriculture. Laboratory required for agricultural education, communication and technology majors enrolled in ASTM 1613, optional for others enrolled in ASTM 1613. Corequisite: ASTM 1613. (Typically offered: Fall)

ASTM 1613. Fundamentals of Agricultural Systems Technology. 3 Hours.

Introduction to basic physical concepts important in agricultural technical systems: applied mechanics, power and machinery management, structures and electrification, and soil and water conservation. Lecture 3 hours per week. (Typically offered: Fall)

ASTM 2123. Metals and Welding. 3 Hours.

An introduction to agricultural mechanics shop work to include hot and cold metal work, arc welding, and gas welding and cutting. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 3 hours per week. Corequisite: Lab component. (Typically offered: Fall and Spring)

ASTM 2903. Agricultural and Human Environmental Sciences Applications of Microcomputers. 3 Hours.

Lecture and laboratory assignments covering the contemporary use of microcomputers in agricultural, food and life sciences. Emphasis placed on learning to use selected, appropriate Microsoft (Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access), email/Internet, and collaboration software packages. (Typically offered: Fall, Spring and Summer)

ASTM 3042. Agricultural Construction Technology. 2 Hours.

Principles of building design and construction. Includes site selection calculating structural loads and computerized packages for building design. Safety practices, selection of building materials and determining costs are also included. Lecture is one hour and lab is two hours per week. Prerequisite: MATH 1203 or higher, and junior standing. (Typically offered: Irregular)

ASTM 3101L. Small Power Units/Turf Equipment Laboratory. 1 Hour.

Testing, evaluation, and maintenance of engines, hydrostatic power transmission systems, and equipment commonly used in the turf and landscaping industries. Corequisite: ASTM 3102. Prerequisite: MATH 1203 or higher. (Typically offered: Spring)

ASTM 3102. Small Power Units/Turf Equipment. 2 Hours.

Principles of operation, adjustment, repair, maintenance, and trouble shooting of small air-cooled engines and power units, including various engine systems, service and maintenance of turf equipment and machinery. Lecture 2 hours per week. Corequisite: ASTM 3101L. Prerequisite: MATH 1203 or higher. (Typically offered: Spring)

ASTM 3153. Surveying in Agriculture and Forestry. 3 Hours.

Techniques and procedures normally used in determining areas and characterizing the topography of agricultural and forest lands. Includes basic concepts of surveying; use and care of level, transit, distance measuring equipment; topographic mapping and public land surveys. (Typically offered: Fall)

ASTM 3173. Electricity in Agriculture. 3 Hours.

Principles of electricity; wiring of home, farmstead and other agricultural structures; selection of electric motors and their care and application in the broad field of agriculture; lighting and special uses of electricity such as heating and electrical controls. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours per week. (Typically offered: Spring)

ASTM 400V. Special Problems. 1-6 Hour.

Individual research or study in electrification, irrigation, farm power, machinery, or buildings. Prerequisite: Senior standing. (Typically offered: Fall, Spring and Summer) May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.

ASTM 402V. Special Topics in Agricultural Mechanization. 1-4 Hour.

Topics not covered in other courses or a more intensive study of special topics in agricultural mechanization. (Typically offered: Irregular) May be repeated for degree credit.

ASTM 4203. Mechanized Systems Management. 3 Hours.

Selection, sizing, and operating principles of agricultural machinery systems, including power sources. Cost analysis and computer techniques applied to planning and management of mechanized systems. Corequisite: Lab component. Prerequisite: MATH 1203 or higher. (Typically offered: Fall Even Years)

ASTM 475V. Internship in Ag Systems. 1-6 Hour.

A supervised practical work experience in Ag Systems Technology Management which is designed to give the student an insight into the role of ag systems employees and an opportunity to gain professional competence in this area. (Typically offered: Fall, Spring and Summer) May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.
This course is cross-listed with ACOM 475V, AGLE 475V, EXED 475V.

ASTM 4973. Irrigation. 3 Hours.

Methods of applying supplemental water to soils to supply moisture essential for plant growth, sources of water, measurement of irrigation water, pumps, conveyance structure, economics, and irrigation for special crops. Lecture 2 hours, laboratory 2 hours per week. Corequisite: Lab component. (Typically offered: Spring)

Extension Education Courses

EXED 4183. Management of Volunteer Programs. 3 Hours.

Recruiting, training, management, evaluation, and recognition of volunteers in agricultural-related agencies, non-profit organizations, community groups, and advisory committees. Prerequisite: Junior standing. (Typically offered: Irregular)

EXED 475V. Internship in Extension. 1-6 Hour.

A supervised practical work experience in Cooperative Extension which is designed to give the student an insight into the role of Extension employees and an opportunity to gain professional competence in this area. (Typically offered: Fall, Spring and Summer) May be repeated for up to 6 hours of degree credit.
This course is cross-listed with ACOM 475V, AGLE 475V, ASTM 475V.