Agricultural Education, Leadership, and Communications

The Agricultural Education, Leadership and Communications major equips graduates with the ability to inform and engage people about agricultural information and issues. This is achieved through curriculum emphasizing practical knowledge and hands-on experiences in teaching, leadership and communications, in addition to well-rounded, individualized coursework in agricultural topics. Agricultural Education, Leadership and Communications (AELC) graduates may become involved in a variety of occupations in agricultural business and industry, education, production, extension and communications.


Students may choose to complete a concentration in Agricultural Communications, Agricultural Leadership or Teaching.

Agricultural Communications

The Agricultural Communications concentration develops students' abilities to communicate about agricultural and life sciences issues.

Agricultural Education

The Agricultural Education concentration prepares individuals seeking careers as an agricultural education teacher.

Agricultural Leadership

The Agricultural Leadership concentration develops students' skills for employment with the Extension service or a variety of agricultural industry careers.



The Agricultural Information Science (AIS) minor is offered to allow students in other majors to develop leadership and human relations skills needed by new graduates entering the agricultural workforce. Students will enhance their communication, leadership, problem-solving and interpersonal skills to become effective employees in the agricultural workforce. Students must complete a minimum of 16 hours of AIS coursework from a list of approved courses.

Required courses 10
AELC 2413 - Orientation to Agricultural Education, Leadership & Communications
AELC 3803 - Foundations of Leadership in Agriculture and Life Sciences
AELC 4424 - Teaching Methods in Agricultural and Human Sciences
Electives (choose two of the following) 6
AELC 3333 - Professional Presentations in Agriculture and Life Sciences
AELC 4103 - Principles and Practices of Extension Education
AELC 4403 - Development of Youth Programs
AELC 4503 - International Agricultural Education
Total Hours 16


Students may apply for university, college and departmental scholarships through one application. You can find the scholarship application once you logon to myState. Under the banner tab, select Financial Aid and Scholarships. The application is listed as Submit/Revise General Scholarship Application.

Transfer Students

Students may transfer to Mississippi State University from regionally accredited community, junior or senior colleges for any period of enrollment, provided they have earned a 2.0 GPA (as computed by Mississippi State University) on all college courses attempted as well as earned a 2.0 GPA on the 30-hours of core courses. Transfer students should look at the transfer course equivalent guide to determine which courses will transfer.