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A bridge between two majors in two totally different colleges, is the Agricultural Communications program, commonly referred to as AgComm.

A part of the College of Agriculture, the AgComm degree prepares students to be the communicators of the agricultural field. Many students are not aware of this program, but it is gaining more interest each year. While majoring in AgComm, the student is able to select an academic concentration in journalism, public relations, communication or radio, television and film.

Bethany Donaldson, a senior from Cullman, is majoring in AgComm. Although most students do choose a concentration, Donaldson did not. However she said, "but if I had chosen, it would have been the PR route."

Donaldson will study all areas of the communication and journalism departments core requirement for her AgComm degree.

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But how did Donaldson know of this combination degree?

Donaldson said her dad encouraged her to look into the program. "I've always been raised in an agriculture setting, so it really interested me," Donaldson said.

One might wonder what an AgComm curriculum may encompass: "We do a lot of coursework with the agriculture, but also with journalism, communication and RTVF," Donaldson said.

Donaldson encourages future prospective students to decide which route or direction to go into for the AgComm major. She said it can impact what you do with your major and your activities. Donaldson is also an Ag Ambassador, an official prestigious representative to the College of Agriculture.

According to the College of Ag Web site, the department began with the establishment of Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical College as a Land-Grant college, what is now Auburn University, in 1872.

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