Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications (ALEC) came into being as an official department September 1, 2006. Many of the department’s components (Agricultural Communications and Journalism and Agricultural Science) have a long history at Texas A&M University. The name change from Agricultural Education reflected the variety of degree programs and emphasis areas in the department.
The nucleus of the department began with the Agricultural Education and Agricultural Journalism departments–both independent departments in Agriculture. Eventually Agricultural Journalism formed the basis for what was the Journalism Department. Agricultural Education expanded to include programs Agricultural Leadership and in 2002, Agricultural Journalism joined the department.
Graduate programs in Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications, Agricultural Development, and a joint doctorate at a distance with Texas Tech University in Agricultural Education are now among the department’s offerings. Master of agriculture, education and science degrees are also offered.