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Agricultural Communications - Journalism

College of Agricultural, Consumer & Environmental Sciences

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What is Agricultural Communications - Journalism?

This is a concentration under Agricultural Leadership, Education, and Communications. It will prepare you to address issues in food, agriculture, and the environment. Upon graduating, you will be able to communicate aspects of each topic to public platforms. You’ll learn how to gather, analyze, and present news on a variety of agricultural topics. In addition, you’ll earn a Food and Environmental Systems minor. The minor will provide you with the technical knowledge to report on food, agriculture, energy, and the environment. 

Career Options

  • Advertising
  • Broadcasting
  • Editing
  • Journalism
  • Multimedia
  • Photography
  • Public Relations
  • Publishing
  • Writing

Post-Graduation Success1

88% employed or continuing education

62% employed after graduation

26% attending graduate school

$47,120 average starting annual income

Sample employer destinations: Cargill, Monsanto, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign View All

Sample grad school destinations: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, College of Veterinary Medicine, Rush University View All

Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Strong English and social sciences coursework and performance
  • Strong social science and business-related coursework and performance
  • Experiences related to the major

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Transfer Criteria

Transfer Guide

Graduation & Retention2

4.0 years to degree

95% first-year retention rate

74% four-year graduation rate

84% six-year graduation rate

Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,254
  • Fees: $4,612
  • Expenses3: $16,194
  • Total: $33,060

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $29,704
  • Fees: $4,612
  • Expenses3: $16,534
  • Total: $50,850

International

  • Tuition: $30,594
  • Fees: $4,612
  • Expenses3: $16,534
  • Total: $51,740
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