Agricultural Information Science

Agricultural Education, Leadership, & Communications

The Agricultural Education, Leadership, & 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 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 Teaching, or Agricultural Leadership.

Agricultural Communications

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

Agicultural 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 minor is offered to allow students in other majors to develop leadership and human relation skills needed by new graduates entering the agriculture 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
AIS 2413 Introduction to Agricultural Information Science
AIS 3803 Leadership Development in Agriculture and Life Sciences
AIS 4424 Teaching Methods in Agriculture and Human Sciences
Electives (choose two of the following) 6
AIS 3333 Professional Presentations in Agriculture and Life Sciences
AIS 4103 Principles and Practices of Extension Education
AIS 4403 Development of Youth Programs
AIS 4503 International Agricultural Education
Total Hours16


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 (16/17).

Scholarship deadline is February 15, 2016.

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.

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