Degree Program Overview

The Bachelor of Science in agricultural communications brings Sam Houston State University’s Department of Agricultural Sciences and Engineering Technology together with SHSU’s nationally-recognized Mass Communication Department to study broadcast journalism, marketing, and public relations. Students will be prepared to promote the various disciplines within the agricultural industry—from beef cattle to environmental efforts and from food production to sustainable energy.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture expects communicators proficient in multimedia and social media to have the strongest employment prospects in the estimated thousands of agricultural communications job openings in coming years.

Careers in Agricultural Communications

  • Agricultural publications reporter
  • Breed association social media specialist
  • Agricultural organization's website manager
  • Governmental affairs staff specialist

Student Groups

Students are encouraged to actively participate in professional extracurricular activities. Some of those sponsored by the department include Alpha Gamma Rho, Block and Bridle, Collegiate FFA, Delta Tau Alpha, National Agriculture Marketing Association, and Sigma Alpha.

Program Breakdown

Brief breakdown of the type, or types, of degree(s) available, their length, available enrollment, and estimated cost.
Category Degree Summary
Catalog Entry Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
Length 120 Credit Hours
Enrollment Fall, Spring, Summer
Tuition/Costs Rates Per Semester

View the Agricultural Communications brochure (.pdf).

Undergraduate Application Deadlines

  • Fall: August 1
  • Spring: December 1
  • Summer I: May 15
  • Summer II: June 15