News Release

Agricultural Communication and Online English Bachelor of Science Degrees

By Elizabeth Tollefson on
Thursday, March 15, 2018

Two majors and a minor have been added to the portfolio of academic offerings at the University of Minnesota Crookston. A Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Agricultural Communication along with an online B.S. in English, and an English minor online, were approved at the February 2018 meeting of the University of Minnesota Board of Regents, the University system's governing body.

Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Communication

A Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Communication prepares students to be effective communicators in agribusinesses, commodity groups, agricultural advocacy agencies, and agricultural communication organizations. The program blends agriculture, communication, and liberal education courses that prepare students for a wide variety of career choices.

The communication major, offered since 2005 at the University of Minnesota Crookston, prepares students to be communication professionals. The program emphasizes communication theory and practice in the creation, presentation, and evaluation of coherent messages.

For students interested in combining communication with agriculture, the new Agricultural Communication degree offers students the ability to blend the two majors in a truly interdisciplinary degree and gives them the opportunity to explore career possibilities in both areas. To learn more about Agricultural Communication, visit

Bachelor of Science in English online, English minor

English is among the most popular degrees in the nation, and English graduates have created careers in diverse areas. A major in English offered on campus since early 2015 will now be offered online giving students greater flexibility. An English minor online will also be offered on campus and available online.

The B.S. in English prepares students to succeed in professional organizations in a myriad of fields. Concepts learned and skills developed through the English major will be advantageous in a wide range of employment situations as well as prepare students for graduate study. The minor in English prepares students to succeed in professional organizations and myriad fields by offering students skills that will supplement their chosen majors.

English major and English minor graduates gain an understanding and appreciation of the English language, develop critical thinking and theoretical application skills through the study and critique of literature, and gain insight into the importance of diversity. Students majoring and minoring in English take writing-intensive courses and work on skills unique to the humanities. To learn more about the English major, visit

The University of Minnesota Crookston delivers 36 bachelor's degree programs, 24 minors, and 40 areas of emphasis on campus as well as 17 degree programs entirely online.  These degrees are offered in the areas of agriculture and natural resources; business; liberal arts and education; and math, science and technology.  With an enrollment of 1,800 undergraduates from more than 20 countries and 40 states, the Crookston campus offers a supportive, close-knit atmosphere that leads to a prestigious University of Minnesota degree.  "Small Campus. Big Degree."  To learn more, visit


Elizabeth Tollefson

University Relations