Majors, Minors, and Careers

Majors, Minors, and Degree Requirements

Bumpers College offers 13 interrelated majors and 22 minors to prepare students for rewarding professional careers developing sustainable solutions for food, family and environmental issues.


Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food & Life Sciences
Communication Intensive List

(Updated March 2016)

Course Listing and descriptions

Course Descriptions

AFLS 3413H Honors Proposal Development (Sp) This course offers a synthesis level learning opportunity. Course will include creative process, ethics, proposal writing, literature review, experimental design, scientific theory and methods, data collection, statistics, budget, and summary. Students will draw on their background and presentations to create written proposals. Prerequisite: Sophomore standing.

AGED 3143 Communicating Agriculture to the Public (Sp, Su, Fa) An overview of public communications theory and practices in the agricultural, food, and life sciences with a particular focus on technical writing, public relations and media relations writing, campaign planning, public speaking, and various mass media communication techniques, including print, broadcast, electronic, and social media.

AGED 4003 Issues in Agriculture (Fa) 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.

AGED 4343 Communication Campaigns in Agriculture (Sp Odd years) Students will develop understanding of the principles, practices and applications of social marketing, integrated marketing communications, advertising and public relations as they pertain to developing communication campaign strategies for the agricultural industry. Students will develop a communication campaign for an agricultural company and/or entity focused on a specific product or service. Prerequisite: Senior or Graduate status.

CSES 3023 Crop, Soil, and Environmental Sciences Colloquium (Fa) A communication-intensive course covering topics in agronomy and environmental, soil, and water science with particular emphasis on spoken communication but also including written communication, group activities, professionalism, ethics, problem solving, and information retrieval. A student-oriented class with collaborative participation. Colloquium workshop: 3 hours per week. Prerequisite: COMM 1313 and Junior or Senior standing only.

COMM 1313 Public Speaking (Sp, Su, Fa) Application of the communication techniques needed to organize and deliver oral messages in a public setting. Emphasis given to theory and practice of message strategies and preparation, audience analysis, presentational skills including multimedia support, speech criticism, and the listening process.

COMM 2303 Advanced Public Speaking (Sp, Su, Fa) Continuing study of the invention and adaptation or oral discourse to the needs of listeners. Consideration of the problems of communication in platform presentation. Prerequisite: COMM 1313.

COMM 2323 Interpersonal Communication (Sp, Su, Fa) Personal and interpersonal factors affecting communication in everyday life. Emphasis upon ways in which interpersonal perception, physical environment, semantic choices, and nonverbal cues affect communication primarily in the context of work, family, and other personal experiences.

COMM 2343 Introduction to Small-Group Communication (Sp, Su, Fa) An introduction to procedures used in exchanging information, solving problems, determining policies, and resolving differences in committees and other small groups. Prerequisite: COMM 1313.

COMM 3383 Persuasion (Sp, Su, Fa) Introduction to theories of persuasion with emphasis on application and effect. Prerequisite: COMM 1313.

ENGL 2003 Advanced Composition (Sp, Su, Fa) Review course in English composition. Prerequisite: ENGL 1013 and ENGL 1023.

ENGL 2013 Essay Writing (Sp, Su) Prerequisite: ENGL 1013 and ENGL 1023.

ENGL 3053 Technical and Report Writing (Sp, Fa) Intensive practice in such types of writing as processes, descriptions of mechanism, abstracts, and laboratory and research reports. The criteria for effective written exposition in the scientific areas, including agriculture and engineering. Prerequisite: ENGL 1013 and ENGL 1023 or equivalent.



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