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NMSU launches new major in agriculture and community development

Students at New Mexico State University this fall will be able to select a new major in agriculture and community development designed to deal with the complexities of today's changing world, said Tom Dormody, department head for NMSU's agricultural and extension education department.

The major was approved by the NMSU Board of Regents at its meeting today, Monday, March 12.

"This new major is designed to develop a community professional who can respond to the needs of people in a variety of areas," Dormody said. "We anticipate this field having appeal for the next generation of student."

Dormody said the major will prepare students for careers in industry or government agencies in any size community. He added that similar programs at other universities have from 300 to 900 majors, depending on the capacity of the departments.

The NMSU program will replace some concentrations that were previously offered in the agricultural and extension education department.

"We believe offering a major will attract more students than the options did," Dormody said.

The agricultural and extension education department has a long history of offering degree programs that are broad-based in agricultural and natural resource technical subject matter and provide students with strong foundations in education, communications, leadership and development.

Dormody said majors of this nature are unique to agriculture extension education departments.

"We are offering an interdisciplinary major that requires students take more than 100 credits in other departments to accomplish the major requirements. The combination of broad technical skills, people skills and flexibility to address an interest area make the program unique," he said.

In addition to general education requirements and the required courses in the agricultural and extension education department, students choosing this major also will take coursework in plant and pest sciences, animal science, natural resources and agricultural business. Students can choose an internship option or with an adviser develop a list of elective courses in an emphasis area of their choice.

The development of this new major is part of NMSU's efforts to be responsive to the needs of the community and state.

For more information about the new major, call the department office at (505) 646-4511.