We offer minors to complement your degree and give you the competitive edge you need to succeed after graduation. Any student interested in pursuing a minor through the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications should consult with their academic advisor and check the Texas A&M Academic Calendar for important dates and deadlines. The minor application will open and close on the same dates as the Change of Curriculum application. Visit the Office of the Registrar for more information about adding a minor.
Agricultural Communications and Journalism Minor
The undergraduate minor in agricultural communications and journalism is highly focused on written communication. Students seeking to complete this minor will graduate prepared to assist with writing news releases, social media posts, photography or other media relations activities in many communication fields. This minor consists of 18 hours of coursework, designed to be supported by coursework in an agriculturally related field. Student take courses in editing and media writing, and can choose 6 hours of upper level courses to develop a technical communication skill set ranging from public relations to visual communication to broadcast.
International Development Minor
The undergraduate minor in international development in agriculture provides formal instruction in international agricultural development concepts and practical experiences through language acquisition, study and research abroad and international fieldwork. The 18-hour curriculum prepares students for successful post-baccalaureate international careers, or those seeking graduate studies, particularly aligned with the graduate certificate in international agriculture. This coursework includes 12 credits of foundational concepts and 6 credits of upper-division foreign languages or approved international experiences. Students critically examine current international agriculture issues and/or topics in diversity and communications.
Leadership Studies Minor
The undergraduate minor in leadership studies provides students with formal instruction of leadership theory and practices necessary to be successful leaders in future career roles. The 15-hour curriculum prepares students to be effective industry, community, and organizational leaders. Students explore leadership roles in their future contexts, develop an awareness of personal leadership characteristics, and apply leadership theories and models to future professional experiences. The coursework includes nine credits of foundational leadership concepts, and six credits of advanced leadership concepts.
Extension Education Minor
The undergraduate minor in Extension education provides students with formal instruction in Extension Education necessary to be successful Extension educators. The 18-hour curriculum prepares students in the history and philosophy of Extension education, extension educational methodologies, program management and program development. Students explore Extension educational roles in their future contexts; develop an awareness of program development, volunteer management, Extension educational theories and models for future application as an Extension educator. The coursework includes nine credits of foundational leadership concepts, three credit hours in a specialized area of leadership, and three hours in an Extension internship.
Youth Development Minor
Starting in the fall of 2023, ALEC will offer the Youth Development minor which focuses on programs and services that contribute to the development of young people’s personal, physical, social and educational abilities. Youth workers are program developers, leaders and managers who need to be able to work with youth, families, organizations, and communities. Coursework in this option focuses on positive youth development, program planning and evaluation, methods for working with young people, and societal factors that both contribute to and inhibit the development of young people.