Agricultural & Food Education Minor

The Agricultural & Food Education (AFE) minor allows students to explore education in agricultural contexts. This exploration allows students to share their understanding of agricultural, food, and natural resource science at the nexus of society, communication, and education.  Professional courses in agricultural education and communication prepare students to become effective and successful educators in an array of  contexts. We emphasize experiential learning as students spend time in various education contexts applying course concepts and learning from effective educators across agriculture.

We aim to develop a rich cohort of agriculturalists focused on educating through their career and to focus on education within their chosen major. Graduates of the AFE minor will be well equipped to:

  1. Understand the orientation of Agricultural Education to career opportunities, areas and expectations of specialization, and issues in the field
  2. Analyze occupations, employment potential, expectations for work, and readiness for careers
  3. Understand and apply principles of teaching & learning, practice instructional strategies, and develop pedagogical content knowledge
  4. Develop curricula for non-formal contexts
  5. Engage in a directed study/internship in community-based education


A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required for minor program coursework, which must be taken on a letter grade basis with a minimum grade of C-.

To receive a minor, students must complete AECM 5125W, AECM 5135, AECM 3125 or FDSY 2102 or FDSY 1016W, AECM 2421W or AECM 3431, plus one elective. Students majoring in Agricultural Education cannot minor in AFE due to course overlap.

Visit the University Catalog for a full list of requirements and course options. For a printer-friendly version of the AFE minor information, click on the “View PDF Version” link on the right side of the University Catalog page.

How to Apply

To declare an Agricultural & Environmental Science Communication minor, please fill out the Add/Drop a CFANS Minor form online.