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What is agricultural leadership?

Agricultural leadership provides an appreciation of agriculture and natural resources with an understanding of leadership theory and its application. Commitment to agriculture, authentic leadership, diversity, critical thinking and professionalism are the five core values behind our degree program.

Why agricultural leadership at OSU?

Agricultural leadership students at OSU develop a solid foundation in agricultural sciences and natural resources through a breadth of coursework including agricultural economics, animal science, entomology, mechanized agriculture, and plant and soil sciences. Students also take advanced agricultural courses in rural community development, international agriculture and environmental science.

Career paths


annually awarded by the OSU Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership.

Student success

OSU Student - Jinyu Burnham

“My favorite part about majoring in agricultural leadership has definitely been the community of the major itself. We’re a very tight-knit major, and you know almost every single person in agricultural leadership.”

- Jinyu Burnham
Pond Creek, Oklahoma


Leadership is the number one attribute employers seek in new college graduates closely followed by the ability to work in a team, according to a 2016 study conducted by the National Association of Colleges and Employers. Agricultural leadership majors complete 10 leadership classes as they prepare to serve as future leaders and integral team members in the agricultural industry.

Fast fact

The agricultural leadership major offers 18 hours of electives, allowing students ample flexibility to pursue personal interests.

 Ag Leadership class in session at OSU

Real-world experience

Students in the Department of Agricultural Education, Communications and Leadership are required to complete an internship or student teaching experience prior to graduation. The opportunity to work at a business or organization in their field of study or to teach in a high school classroom as part of their undergraduate experience prepares students and develops them into well-rounded agricultural professionals.

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