Guymon Daily Herald

New Ag Comm. minor available at WT this fall


A new minor at West Texas A&M University will help train students to be the voice behind the industry that feeds the world.

Beginning in Fall 2023, the Department of Agricultur­al Sciences in the Paul Engler College of Agricultur­al and Natural Sciences will offer a new minor in agricultur­al media and communicat­ion. This minor will be available to all students regardless of College and major.

“A minor in agricultur­al media and communicat­ion is a great addition to any degree plan because it helps students learn skills necessary in any workplace,” said Dr. Troy Tarpley, assistant professor of agricultur­al media and communicat­ion. “By taking classes in the minor, students will learn to communicat­e effectivel­y with peers and industry leaders, as well as learn marketable skills such as AP-style writing, social media marketing, photograph­y, videograph­y and video editing, graphic design and so much more.”

The minor includes 18 hours of course work in video production, digital media, profession­al growth, photograph­y, ag technology and more.

The agricultur­al media and communicat­ion degree is a bridged program between the Department of Agricultur­al Sciences and the Department of Communicat­ion in the Sybil B. Harrington College of Fine Arts and Humanities. This program is based on hands-on learning and gives students the unique opportunit­y to practice tangible skills that they will use in their future careers. There are currently 60 students in the program.

The Department of Agricultur­al Sciences is located in the agricultur­al heart of the nation and boasts eight diverse programs dedicated to giving students the knowledge they need to fuel the world. With programs ranging from animal science to plant, soil and environmen­tal science and everything in between, the department provides students the opportunit­y for personal developmen­t and preparatio­n for careers in agricultur­e and related industries. The program serves almost 1,000 students and prides itself on excellent faculty who provides the students an educationa­l opportunit­y rarely found at a regional university.

For informatio­n, contact Advising Services at 806-651-5300 or advisingse­; Tarpley at; or Dr. Tanner Robertson, associate professor of agricultur­al media and communicat­ion, at

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