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.
annually awarded by the OSU Department of Agricultural Education, Communications
“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.
The agricultural leadership major offers 18 hours of electives, allowing students
ample flexibility to pursue personal interests.
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.