Offered since 1961, Agricultural Communications at the University of Illinois is the only program in the nation that is is believed to feature the most closely-connected joint program of its kind. It is a dual program of the College of Media and the College of Agriculture, Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES). This arrangement opens unique opportunities for our students.
At Illinois, students
1. obtain a Bachelor of Science degree, not just a major, in Agricultural Communications
2. learn from the combined world-class faculty of two colleges—all with scholarly and professional experience in the field.
3. are trained following a dynamic curriculum that combines theory and practice. Our students learn not just skills; they become experts in communication strategy.
4. earn credits that are arranged into a minor in Food and Environmental Systems, which adds value to the degree. The minor can be tailored to focus on the animal and crop sciences, food and human nutrition, natural resources, and environmental economics and policy. Students can elect additional minors.
5. have access to scholarships, internships, study abroad opportunities, career services and student organizations offered by two colleges.
6. benefit from the expertise and career guidance of alumni who are industry leaders. Students are paired up with alumni mentors anytime during their program of study and are pointed to internship and employment opportunities.
7. can pursue excellent graduate programs in advertising and journalism with a focus in agricultural communications.
8. have at their disposal the Agricultural Communications Documentation Center, an international resource with a growing collection of more than 38,000 agricultural communications documents from 170 countries.
9. are exposed to excellent job opportunities in communications on campus.
10. are considered alumni of both colleges when they graduate.