Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources Agricultural Education

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College: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources
Degree Offered: Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education
Hours Required: 120
Minimum Cumulative GPA: 2.0 for graduation, 2.75 for graduation with teaching option
Minor Available: Yes-Leadership & Communication, Leadership & Entrepreneurship
Advisor: Lloyd Bell (teaching), L J McElravy (leadership), Eric Knoll (skilled and technical sciences)
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Agricultural Education

COLLEGE: Agricultural Sciences & Natural Resources

MAJOR: Agricultural Education

DEGREE OFFERED: Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Education

HOURS REQUIRED: 120

MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPA: 2.0 for graduation, 2.75 for graduation with teaching option

MINOR AVAILABLE: Yes-Leadership & Communication, Leadership & Entrepreneurship

ADVISOR: Lloyd Bell (teaching), L J McElravy (leadership), Eric Knoll (skilled and technical sciences)

DESCRIPTION

Head: Mark Balschweid, Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication; 300 Agriculture Hall

Professor: Bell

Associate Professor: Kang, Matkin

Assistant Professors: Conner, Hastings, McElravy

Assistant Professors of Practice: Knoll, Kreifels, Zafft

A degree in agricultural education is designed to prepare students with the necessary communication and interpersonal skills, leadership training, and knowledge of technical agriculture to be a teacher of agricultural education at the secondary or postsecondary level, or accept employment in agribusiness leading to positions in training and/or development. The degree provides good preparation for work in agricultural extension, positions in foreign service, and agricultural educators in business and industry. Many students graduate with a dual degree in agricultural education and another degree in the College. Agricultural education students may elect to follow the teaching options or the leadership option.

MAJOR DEPARTMENT ADMISSION

Student admission to the teacher education program in the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication requires successful completion of ALEC 494 at least six months prior to student teaching. Student teaching is conducted off campus through university-approved agreements with cooperating secondary schools. Plans for student teaching must be made early.

To be admitted into the student teaching program candidates must have: 1) a minimum scholastic grade point average of 2.75 including no grades lower than C within the endorsement area, and no grades lower than C+ within professional education courses; 2) passing scores within PRAXIS I SERIES - Core Academic Skills (reading, writing, and mathematics); 3) 1,000 hours of verified work experience within their intended teaching endorsement area, or 300 hours of supervised employment under the direction of a UNL academic unit. Student Teaching (ALEC 431) is available as Pass/No Pass only. Meet with your advisor to plan for your student teaching experience.

Other Admission Requirements

Teaching Certificate

Successful completion of the teaching endorsement requirements, including a passing score on the corresponding PRAXIS II SERIES Content Area Test, and recommendation by the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication, warrants recommendation for a Nebraska Secondary Teaching Certificate by the Nebraska Department of Education. Such certification will include a broad field endorsement to teach either secondary agricultural education or industrial technology (6-12). The choice is available to students completing an agricultural education endorsement to complete additional course work qualifying for subject endorsement in biology.

Students in other agricultural degree programs may qualify based upon meeting endorsement and teaching certificate requirements.

Criminal History/Background Check

Effective August 2012, individuals enrolled in any UNL teacher education course requiring a practicum experience in schools or other institutions must have successfully completed a background review prior to any practicum visitations. Two successful reviews will be required during your teacher preparation program; one prior to your initial practicum experience, and a second prior to your student teaching field experience. Background reviews must be completed through One Source, The Background Check Company. See your advisor or practicum course instructor for necessary details to request and complete a background review.

Nebraska State Department of Education Policy Pertaining to Students with Felony or Misdemeanor Convictions

The Nebraska Department of Education policy requires that a person with felony convictions or misdemeanor convictions involving abuse, neglect, or sexual misconduct shall not be allowed to participate in pre-student teaching laboratory and classroom experiences or student teach without approval by the Board of Education. To comply with this policy, the Department of Agricultural Education will require each student to affirm under oath that he/she does not have any convictions in the above-named areas prior to each field placement. If a student does have any felony or misdemeanor convictions, he/she is required to meet with Dr. Tom Wandzilak, Certification Officer, Student Services Center, 104 Henzlik Hall, 402-472-8626, as soon as possible. Students with questions pertaining to convictions should contact Dr. Wandzilak.

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Teaching Option

College Integrative Courses15

SCIL 101 Science and Decision-Making for a Complex World3

ALEC 431 Student Teaching (ACE 10) (Capstone Course) (P/NP only)12

Mathematics and Statistics (beyond college algebra)5-6

Select from:

MATH 106 Calculus I (5 cr)

MATH 102 Trigonometry (2 cr) or MATH 103 College Algebra & Trigonometry (5 cr) (If MATH 103 is taken, only 2 credit hours can be counted toward this requirement.) or MATH 104 Applied Calculus (3 cr) or MATH 203 Contemporary Mathematics (3 cr) and STAT 218 Introduction to Statistics (3 cr) (ACE 3) or EDPS 459 Statistical Methods (3 cr)

Communications9

Written Communication (ACE 1)3

Select from: ENGL 150, ENGL 151, ENGL 254, JGEN 200, JGEN 300

Oral Communication3

Select from: COMM 209, COMM 286

Communication/Interpersonal Skills: ALEC 102 (ACE 2)3

Natural Sciences (ACE 4)12-13

CASNR Approved Life Sciences4

Select one course from:

AGRO 131 & AGRO 132 Plant Science & Agronomic Plant Science Lab (HORT 131)

BIOS 101 & BIOS 101L General Biology & Lab

BIOS 109 General Botany

BIOS 112 & BIOS 112L Introduction to Zoology & Lab

ENTO 115 Insect Biology (BIOS 115) & ENTO 116 Insect Identification (BIOS 116)

HORT 131 & HORT 133 Plant Science & Horticultural Plant Science Lab (AGRO 131)

LIFE 120 & LIFE 120L Fundamentals of Biology I (formerly BIOS 102)

CHEM 105 Chemistry in Context I4

NOTE: Students pursuing combined agriculture-biology endorsement must complete CHEM 109.

PHYS 141, PHYS 151, PHYS 211 or MSYM 1094-5

Economics3

AECN 141 Introduction to the Economics of Agriculture (ACE 6)3

Humanities and Social Sciences15

EDPS 457 Learning & Motivation Principles for Secondary Teaching3

SOCI 217 Sociology of Race & Ethnicity (ETHN 217) or TEAC 330 Multicultural Education (ETHN 330) (ACE 9)3

Humanities and Social Sciences electives9

Select one course each from ACE outcomes 5, 7, and 8.

Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (Endorsement Area)36

A minimum of 15 hours completed at the 200 level or above, and a minimum of 9 hours completed at the 300 level or above. Students must have a course in four CASNR departments or program areas. A course may be used to fulfill more than one category; however, the hours will only count once toward the 36-hour agricultural science requirement.

NOTE: No grades lower than C within the endorsement area.

Research and Applied Technology3

Select from: AGRI 115, AGRO 315, AGRO 431, FDST 131

Policy3

Select from: AECN 265, AECN 276, AECN 346, AECN 376, NRES 323, POLS 235, POLS 236

Management9

Select from: AECN 201, AECN 325, ASCI 250, ASCI 320, ASCI 330, ASCI 450, ASCI 451, ASCI 452, ASCI 453, ASCI 454, ASCI 455, ASCI 457, AGRO 204, AGRO 240, AGRO 405, HORT 325

Production3

Select from: ASCI 100, ASCI 150, HORT 131 & HORT 133, HORT 159, HORT 221, HORT 325, HORT 327, HORT 350

Natural Resources6

Select from: AECN 265, AGRO 153, AGRO 366, BIOS 232, ENTO 109, NRES 211, NRES 220, NRES 311

Mechanized Systems (courses available through SCC-Lincoln or SCC-Milford)9

NOTE: Meet with your advisor to plan for your Mechanized Systems classes.

Select from: MSYM 245 (UNL), AUTT 1003, WELD 1060 & 1070, WELD 1080 & 1090, CNST 1100, CNST 1200

Food System3

Select from: AECN 225, ASCI 210, FDST 101, FDST 131

Professional Education Courses20

NOTE: No grades lower than C+ within professional education courses.

ALEC 135 Introduction to Secondary Agriscience Education3

ALEC 234 Planning Leadership & Experience Programs3

ALEC 308 Lab Instruction & Management3

ALEC 405 Methods of Instruction for Secondary Agriscience Education3

ALEC 405L Methods of Instruction Laboratory Education1

ALEC 413 Program Development3

ALEC 494 Undergraduate Seminar in Agricultural Education1

SPED 401B Accommodating Exceptional Learners in the Secondary School Classroom3

Free Electives3-5

Minimum Credit Hours Required for Graduation120

Biology Endorsement Requirements

If the student desires to qualify for both an endorsement in agricultural education and a subject endorsement in biology, the following course work should be integrated into the teaching option.

Supporting Laboratory Based Courses (12 hours)

Chemistry: CHEM 1094

Physics: PHYS 141, PHYS 151, PHYS 211 or MSYM 1094-5

Earth Science: GEOL 101 Physical Geology4

Biology Courses (24 hours)

Select at least one of the suggested courses from each of the following categories; however, within Fundamentals of Biology, both LIFE 120 and LIFE 121 are required. A minimum of 24 different hours is required. At least 12 hours must be taken at the 200 level or higher. Other course work may be negotiated with your academic advisor.

Botany

BIOS 109 General Botany (4 cr)

AGRO 131 & AGRO 132 Plant Science & Agronomic Plant Science Lab (HORT 131) (4 cr)

AGRO 204 Resource-Efficient Crop Management (3 cr)

AGRO 240 Forage Crop & Pasture Management (RNGE 240) (3 cr)

HORT 131 & HORT 133 Plant Science & Horticultural Plant Science Lab (AGRO 131) (4 cr)

Fundamentals of Biology (all required)

LIFE 120 & LIFE 120L Fundamentals of Biology I & Lab (4 cr)

LIFE 121 & LIFE 121L Fundamentals of Biology II & Lab (4 cr)

Ecology

NRES 211 Introduction to Conservation Biology (3 cr)

NRES 220 Principles of Ecology (BIOS 220) & NRES 222 Ecology Lab (BIOS 222) (4 cr)

BIOS 232 Ecological Issues in the Great Plains (3 cr)

NRES 311 Wildlife Ecology & Management (3 cr)

Genetics

AGRO 315 Genetics (4 cr)

BIOS 206 General Genetics (4 cr)

Zoology and/or Microbiology

BIOS 112 Introduction to Zoology (3 cr)

BIOS 115 Insect Biology (ENTO 115) & BIOS 116 Insect Identification (ENTO 116) (4 cr)

ASCI 100 Fundamentals of Animal Biology & Industry (4 cr)

ASCI 240 Anatomy & Physiology of Domestic Animals (4 cr)

ASCI 250 Animal Management (3 cr)

ASCI 271 Companion Animal Behavior (3 cr)

FDST 372 Food Safety & Sanitation (NUTR 372) (3 cr)

NOTE: To be eligible for the biology endorsement, a student must maintain a minimum grade point average of 2.75 in the above course work or its equivalency.

Integrated Laboratory Management

ALEC 308 Laboratory Instruction & Management (3 cr)

Science Methods Instruction

TEAC 451V Learning & Teaching Principles & Practices (3 cr)

TEAC 397 Professional Practicum Experience III parallel with TEAC 451V (4 cr)

Student Teaching

Students seeking a dual endorsement will be required to complete their student teaching experience in a school where they will spend teaching time in both biology and agriculture.

Horticulture Education Endorsement Requirements

If the student desires to add a subject endorsement in horticulture education to their teaching certification, the following course work should be completed.

Horticulture Education (Grades 7-12)33

ALEC 400 Overview to Program Planning or ALEC 413 Program Development3

HORT 131 Plant Science (AGRO 131)3

HORT 133 Horticultural Plant Science Lab1

HORT 153 Soil Resources (AGRO 153/SOIL 153)4

HORT 212 Landscape Plants I (LARC 212/NRES 212) or HORT 213 Landscape Plants II (LARC 213/NRES 213)3

HORT 221 Plant Propagation3

HORT 227 Introductory Turfgrass Management (AGRO 227/PGAM 227/TLMT 227)3

HORT 228 Introduction to Landscape Management (AGRO 228/TLMT 228)3

HORT 261 Floral Design I3

HORT 325 Greenhouse Practices & Management4

HORT 395 Career Experience (AGRO 395/TLMT 395)3

Skilled and Technical Sciences 2+2 Teaching Option

The following is a 2+2 program for students interested in obtaining certification in Skilled and Technical Sciences (STS). This certification will allow an individual to teach Skilled and Technical Sciences in a Nebraska secondary school (grades 6-12). Completion of the 60 credit hour requirement in the Skilled and Technical Sciences 2 + 2 Teaching Option at UNL, along with the completion of an associate of science or an associate of applied science within a post-secondary institution with a 2 + 2 agreement, will allow a student to complete a BS degree in agricultural education from UNL.

The program is an agreement between the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources (CASNR) and community college systems in Nebraska. The 2+2 program requires a student to complete the first two years at a community college and earn an associate of science or an associate of applied science degree before transferring to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln (UNL).

The transfer policy in CASNR will be in effect for all students interested in the STS 2+2 program. This 2+2 program is for the STS teaching program and will be the only program available for students to become certified at UNL. Students transferring into other UNL programs other than the STS program must follow the requirements set forth through the departments within the specific colleges. Students do have the option of taking ALEC 105 Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) and ALEC 115 Principles of Engineering (POE) on campus at UNL. Once completed, these courses can be reverse transferred to satisfy the STEM requirement at the community college. See your STS faculty advisor for details.

The prerequisite for entry into the STS certification program at UNL is the completion of the Skilled and Technical Sciences Program at a community college with a 2 + 2 Skilled and Technical Sciences Agreement. Students who transfer into UNL from other programs within the community college system will not be eligible for entry into the 2+2 program in STS at UNL.

To be admitted into the student teaching program candidates must have: 1) a minimum scholastic grade point average of 2.75 including no grades lower than C within the endorsement area, and no grades lower than C+ within professional education courses; 2) passing scores within the Pre-Professional Skills Test (Core Praxis 1); 3) 1,000 hours of verified work experience within the Skilled and Technical Sciences (STS) career cluster, or 300 hours of supervised employment in the STS career cluster under the direction of a UNL academic unit. Student Teaching (ALEC 431) is available as Pass/No Pass only. Meet with your advisor to plan for your student teaching experience.

Teaching Certificate. Successful completion of the teaching endorsement requirements, along with a recommendation by the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication, warrants recommendation for a Nebraska Secondary Teaching Certificate by the Department of Education, with an endorsement to teach skilled and technical sciences (6-12).

STS Teaching Option

Students who meet entry requirements in the STS Teaching Option will have completed a variety of course work from their community college. See website http://agedteaching.unl.edu/sts-2-2-programs. Many of the courses within the community college system have direct equivalencies with our ACE program at UNL. Following a comprehensive transfer analysis, students will be provided an accurate degree audit of the remaining ACE courses needed at UNL along with the professional program in agricultural education. The minimum requirements of CASNR reflect the common core of courses that apply to students pursuing degrees in the college. Students should work with an advisor to satisfy ACE outcomes 5, 7, 8, and 10 requirements. ACE requirements 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, and 9 will be completed through their academic programs within the community college system since it is a requirement for an associate of science or an associate of applied science degree at their institutions.

ACE Requirements9

Students should work with an advisor to select one course each in ACE outcomes 5, 7, and 8.

Leadership and Education (Professional Education Courses)45

NOTE: No grades lower than C+ within professional education courses.

ALEC 135A Introduction to Skilled and Technical Science Education1

ALEC 235 STS Technical Skills and Skills USA3

ALEC 308 Lab Instruction & Management3

ALEC 405 Methods of Instruction for Secondary Agriscience Education3

ALEC 405L Methods of Instruction Lab Education1

ALEC 413 Program Development3

ALEC 424 Foundations of Career & Technical Education3

ALEC 431 Student Teaching (ACE 10)12

ALEC 494 Undergraduate Seminar in Agricultural Education1

ALEC 496 Independent Study in Leadership Education (SkillsUSA/PDP)3

EDPS 209 Strategies for Academic Success3

EDPS 457 Learning and Motivation Principles for Secondary Teaching3

SPED 401B Accommodating Exceptional Learners in the Secondary School Classroom3

TEAC 259 Instructional Technology3

Free Electives9

Program Credit Requirements51

STS Credit Requirements for BS Degree in Agricultural Education60

Maximum Credits for Transfer into UNL*60

Minimum Credit Hours Required for Graduation120

*See website http://agedteaching.unl.edu/sts-2-2-programs.

Agricultural Leadership Option

The Agricultural Leadership Option is recommended for those interested in pursuing a career in the agricultural industry in the areas of leadership development, commodity board advocacy, executive development, youth and leadership development, extension, consulting/training, organizational development, human resources, public policy, rural and community development.

College Integrative Courses8

SCIL 101 Science and Decision-Making for a Complex World3

ALEC 495A Internship in Leadership Development (ACE 10) (Capstone Course)5

Mathematics and Statistics (beyond college algebra)5-6

Select from:

MATH 106 Calculus I (5 cr)

MATH 102 Trigonometry (2 cr) or MATH 103 College Algebra & Trigonometry (5 cr) (If MATH 103 is taken, only 2 credit hours can be counted toward this requirement.) or MATH 104 Applied Calculus (3 cr) or MATH 203 Contemporary Mathematics (3 cr) and STAT 218 Introduction to Statistics (3 cr) (ACE 3) or EDPS 459 Statistical Methods (3 cr)

Communications6

Written Communication3

Select from: ENGL 150, ENGL 151, ENGL 254, JGEN 200, JGEN 300 (ACE 1)

Oral Communication3

Select from: COMM 209, COMM 286

Natural Sciences8-9

Select two of three Natural Sciences courses (ACE 4)

CASNR Approved Life Sciences (4 cr)

CHEM 105 Chemistry in Context I (ACE 4) (4 cr) or CHEM 109 General Chemistry (4 cr)

PHYS 141 or PHYS 151 or MSYM 109 (4-5 cr)

Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences15

ECON 200 or ECON 211 or ECON 212 or AECN 141 (ACE 6)3

ACE Courses12

Select one course each from ACE outcomes 5, 7, and 9.

(ACE 8) ALEC 388 (3 cr)

Major Requirements31-34

ALEC 102 Interpersonal Skills for Leadership3

ALEC 202 Foundations of Leadership Theory & Practice3

ALEC 302 Dynamics of Effective Leadership in Organizations3

ALEC 407 Supervisory Leadership3

ALEC 410 Environmental Leadership (NRES 413)3

ALEC 428 Leadership in Public Organizations (NRES 428)3

ALEC 433 Dynamics of Effective Leadership in Groups & Teams3

ALEC 466 Leadership & Diversity in Organizations & Communities3

ALEC 477 Leadership & Motivation3

ALEC 494 Undergraduate Seminar in Agricultural Education1

AECN 376 Rural Community Economics3

Optional:

ALEC 414 Classic Figures in Leadership3

Human Development/Teaching & Learning9

ALEC 305 Presentation Strategies for Agricultural Audiences3

ALEC 422 Facilitation & Project Planning3

Select one course from:3

NOTE: Prereqs are noted behind the course.

COMM 220 Public Advocacy and Civic Engagement

CYAF 380 Working with Families in Communities and Schools

EDPS 250 Fundamentals of Child Development for Education

EDPS 251 Fundamentals of Adolescent Development for Education

EDPS 320 Happiness and Well-Being through Positive Psychology

EDPS 362 Learning in Classroom (for elementary)

EDPS 450 Child Psychology

EDPS 451 Psychology of Adolescence

EDPS 454 Human Cognition and Instruction

EDPS 457 Learning and Notivation Principles for Secondary Teaching

PSYC 263 Introduction to Cognitive Processes (prereq PSYC 181)

PSYC 261 Conflict & Conflict Resolution (ANTH 261/POLS 261/SOCI 261)

PSYC 268 Learning & Motivation (prereq PSYC 181)

PSYC 287 The Psychology of Personality (prereq PSYC 181)

PSYC 288 The Psychology of Social Behavior

PSYC 289 Developmental Psychology

PSYC 446 Psychology of Adult Development & Aging (GERO 446) (prereq PSYC 181 or GERO 200)

PSYC 460 Human Memory (prereq PSYC 263)

PSYC 461 Learning Processes (prereq PSYC 268)

PSYC 462 Motivation & Emotion

PSYC 463 Perception (prereq PSYC 263 or PSYC 373)

PSYC 466 Attention & Performance (prereq PSYC 263)

PSYC 483 Advanced Social Psychology (prereq PSYC 288)

Ag/Science Literacy*6

Choose two courses from:

ALEC 108 Food in Society (3 cr)

ALEC 125 Land, Food & People (3 cr)

ENVR 249 Individual & Cultural Perceptives on the Environment (3 cr)

* These courses are waived if a CASNR minor or CASNR double degree program is chosen. Add 6 hours to electives.

Minor12-18

Suggested minors are: any CASNR minor**, CYAF, HRTM, international/global studies, human rights/humanitarian affairs, community and regional planning, business minor, education minor, psychology, sociology, communication studies.

** The leadership and communication minor and the leadership and entrepreneurship minor are not permitted.

Free Electives9-20

Minimum Credit Hours Required for Graduation120

ADDITIONAL MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Grade Rules

Pass/No Pass Limits

The college will permit no more than a total of 24 semester hours of Pass/No Pass grades to be applied toward degree hours. Please note that this total includes ALEC 431 Student Teaching which is 12 hours of Pass/No Pass, therefore, students can only complete 12 credit hours in other courses with a Pass/No Pass grade.

REQUIREMENTS FOR MINOR OFFERED BY DEPARTMENT

Leadership and Communication Minor

An 18-hour minor in leadership and communication is available through the Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication. Combining a leadership and communication minor with any CASNR degree strengthens students’ “employability” base by making them competent technical professionals who are also strong leaders and effective communicators.

Students earning a minor in leadership and communication will be able to:

  • Competently apply leadership knowledge and skills at the individual, team and organizational levels.
  • Develop a level of self-awareness as well as the cognitive and emotional ability to effectively work with people from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
  • Develop communication competencies to effectively advocate, negotiate, and/or relate in a variety of contexts.
  • Develop and practice using critical thinking skills related to leadership and communication in order to effectively influence others.

The 18-hour minor is comprised of upper and lower division courses as follows:

Complete at least three courses from the following list9

*ALEC 102 Interpersonal Skills for Leadership (3 cr)

ALEC 202 Foundations of Leadership Theory & Practice (3 cr)

ALEC 302 Dynamics of Effective Leadership in Organizations (3 cr)

ALEC 305 Presentation Strategies for Agricultural Audiences (3 cr)

The remaining courses are selected from the following list9

**ALEC 337 Instructional Internship in Leadership Development (3 cr)

ALEC 388 Ethics in Agriculture & Natural Resources (AECN 388) (3 cr)

ALEC 407 Supervisory Leadership (3 cr)

ALEC 410 Environmental Leadership (NRES 413) (3 cr)

ALEC 414 Classic Figures in Leadership (3 cr)

ALEC 422 Facilitation & Project Planning

ALEC 433 Dynamics of Effective Leadership in Groups & Teams

ALEC 466 Leadership & Diversity in Organizations & Communities (3 cr)

ALEC 477 Leadership & Motivation (3 cr)

***AERO 331 Air Force Leadership Studies I (3 cr)

***AERO 332 Air Force Leadership Studies II (3 cr)

* ENGR 100 Interpersonal Skills for Engineering Leaders, ALEC 153 Chancellor’s Leadership Class, or ALEC 165 Pepsi Service Scholars can be used in place of ALEC 102. Not more than 3 credit hours of ALEC 102, ALEC 153, ALEC 165 or ENGR 100 can be applied to meet the minor requirements.

** For students who have been selected as teaching assistants.

*** May be substituted for Air Force ROTC students only.

Leadership and Entrepreneurship Minor

An 18-hour minor in leadership and entrepreneurship is available through a joint program offered by the Departments of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication and the Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program. This minor is intended for those who are interested in gaining additional professional skills in leadership and entrepreneurship. The 18-hour minor is comprised of theory based and applied courses as well as a final capstone course.

Expected outcomes from a minor in leadership and entrepreneurship:

In the contexts of commerce and community, students are able to apply knowledge and skills about leadership and entrepreneurship

  • Understand human aspects of organizational models
  • Navigate social systems in businesses and communities
  • Effectively negotiate consumer relations, business-to-business relations, and community relations
  • Better prepared to assume leadership roles in business and industry as well as in communities
  • Better prepared to be an effective and engaged citizen
  • Effectively negotiate political and regulatory landscapes using critical thinking and creative problem-solving

Leadership Courses6

Select one theory-based course from the following:3

ALEC 202 Foundations of Leadership Theory & Practice (3 cr)

ALEC 302 Dynamics of Effective Leadership in Organizations (3 cr)

ALEC 477 Leadership & Motivation (3 cr)

ALEC 488 Leadership, Power, & Influence (3 cr)

Select one application course from the following:3

ALEC 407 Supervisory Leadership (3 cr)

*ALEC 410 Environmental Leadership (NRES 413) (3 cr)

*ALEC 422 Facilitation & Project Planning

*ALEC 433 Dynamics of Effective Leadership in Groups & Teams

*ALEC 466 Leadership & Diversity in Organizations & Communities (3 cr)

* NOTE: Junior standing is required for these four courses.

Entrepreneurship Courses6-7

Select one foundational course from the following:3-4

EAEP 101 Introductory Seminar on Opportunities in Entrepreneurship (1 cr) & EAEP 388 Agribusiness Entrepreneurship (ABUS 388/AGRO 388/HORT 388/ENTR 388) (3 cr), or EAEP 275 Agribusiness Entrepreneurial Finance (3 cr)

Select one application course from the following:3

AECN 275 Agribusiness Entrepreneurial Finance (AGRO 275/EAEP 275/ENTR 275/HORT 275) or EAEP 388 Agribusiness Entrepreneurship (3 cr)

EAEP 488 Business Management for Agricultural Enterprises (ABUS 388/AGRO 488/ENTR 488/HORT 488) (3 cr)

ENTR 321 Entrepreneurship & Innovation in Organizations (MNGT 321) (3 cr)

ENTR 421 Initiating & Managing Entrepreneurial Growth (MNGT 421) (3 cr)

EAEP 225 Agribusiness Entrepreneurship in Food Products Marketing (AECN 225/MRKT 225) (3 cr)

Experiential Learning in Leadership and/or Entrepreneurship3

Select one course from the following:

AGRI 310 Study Tours in International Agriculture (3 cr)

ALEC 102 Interpersonal Skills for Leadership (with 20-hour service learning project) (3 cr)

ALEC 153 Chancellor’s Leadership Class (3 cr)

ALEC 165 Pepsi Service Scholars (3 cr)

ALEC 337 Instructional Internship in Leadership Development (credit received for being a teaching assistant) (3 cr)

ENTR 322 Family Business (MNGT 322) (3 cr)

ENTR 422A Small Business Owner (MNGT 422A) or ENTR 422 Managing Rapid Growth & Change in Organizations (MNGT 422) (3 cr)

MNGT 423 Business Plan Development & Decision Making (ENTR 423) (3 cr)

Internship in Leadership and/or Entrepreneurship3

Select one course from the following:

ALEC 496 Independent Study in Leadership Education (Field Experience) (3 cr)

EAEP 395 Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Internship (3 cr)

Students who wish to minor in leadership and communication must first meet with a Department of Agricultural Leadership, Education and Communication (ALEC) faculty member from the leadership program. Students who wish to minor in leadership and entrepreneurship must meet with either an ALEC or Engler Agribusiness Entrepreneurship Program faculty member. A completed Declaration of Minor form, filled out with the assistance of the faculty member, should be signed by the student’s academic advisor and turned into the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Dean’s office.