Texas Tech University

Graduate Program Courses

Students who pursue a graduate degree in the Department of Agricultural Education and Communications will take many core classes taught directly in the department. Descriptions of all graduate courses at Texas Tech University can be found by accessing the online course catalog.

Course Rotation

Many of the following courses are offered on a rotation basis. Click here for a schedule of courses offered through the 2026-2027 academic year. (This list is tentative and may be adjusted.)

In addition to these courses, the department is part of a national group of collaborating universities called the IDEA program. As these other universities offer courses that may be of interest to our students, we add those offerings to our rotation. Click here to learn more about courses offered through the Ag*IDEA program.

AGED Courses

AGED 5306 History & Philosophy of Agricultural Education and Communications (3 hours). Historical and philosophical foundations of education, communications, and extension education in agriculture. 

AGED 5305 Program Development in Agricultural and Extension Education (3 hours). Development of a total agricultural education program in communities and counties using all available resources.

AGED 5308 Foundations of Adult Education (3 hours). Study and investigation of adult learning theories, methods, and procedures to implement changes in adult behavior

AGED 5309 Evaluation of Programs in Vocational, Technical, and Extension Education (3 hours). Techniques in evaluating vocational, technical, and extension education programs. Principles and procedures of evaluation with emphasis on focusing, designing, reporting, and managing evaluation.

AGED 5310 College Teaching in Agriculture (3 hours). Methods and techniques of teaching agriculture at the college level. Includes self-assessment, student assessment, course development, lesson planning, presentations, and evaluation.

AGED 5311 Human Dimensions of International Agricultural Development (3 hours). Study current issues and trends in the human dimension of international agricultural development.

AGED 5312 Data Analysis and Presentation in Agricultural Communications and Education (3 hours). Assessment of programs in agriculture and extended education based on programming theories, concepts, and research. Emphasizes assessing client need, monitoring programs based on objectives, and determining program effectiveness and efficiency


AGLS Courses

AGLS 5304 Theoretical Foundations of Leadership (3 hours). Theory of motivation and behavior, leadership and management styles, change agents, and the adoption process. Practical application regarding agricultural occupations.

AGLS 5305 Developing Leadership in Rural Communities(3 hours).Introduction to the theories, concepts, and practical application of identifying, developing, and utilizing leadership to help sustain and revitalize rural communities.

AGLS 5306 Contemporary Issues in Agricultural Leadership (3 hours). Exposes students to national, regional, and local agricultural issues that can be positively impacted with the proper application of leader-ship principles.

AGLS 5307 Evaluating Leadership in Agricultural Organizations (3 hours). The application of leadership and evaluation principles to determine improvement areas to maximize efficiency of the human dimension of the agriculturalindustry.

ACOM Courses

ACOM 5302 Knowledge Management in Agriculture and Natural Resources (3 hours). A comprehensive, systematic examination of the information assets of an agricultural organization and how they are identified, captured, organized, integrated, mined, retrieved, and shared

ACOM 5303 Advanced Video Production in Agriculture (3 hours). Study of video and images as well as visual theories in relation to agriculture. Course includes study and practice of advanced video production for agricultural communications professionals with a focus on editing.

ACOM 5304 Risk and Crisis Communications in Agriculture and Natural Resources (3 hours). Examines potential risk and crisis communications scenarios in agriculture and the relevant theories, models, and processes to address these types of situations effectively.

ACOM 5305 Public Opinion in Agriculture and Natural Resources (3 hours). Reviews the concept of “public opinion” from a multidisciplinary perspective and examines how the concept applies to agriculture and the natural resources industry. 

ACOM 5306 Foundations of Agricultural Communications (3 hours). Explore historical foundations and selected philosophical concepts and philosophers and evaluate their influence upon agricultural communications

ACOM 5307 Methods of Technological Change (3 hours). Dynamics of cultural change as theoretical framework for planned technological change; methods of planning and implementing change, its effect, and how it can be predicted.

ACOM 5308 Utilizing Online Media in Agricultural Communications (3 hours). Identify agricultural audiences, conduct analyses, and use results to evaluate and produce online media that utilizes design fundamentals, visual communication theories, and new media technology.