Agricultural and Consumer Sciences

Master of Science Degree in Agricultural and Consumer Resources

This degree, offered in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Sciences, is specifically designed for those who have completed an undergraduate degree in Agricultural Services and Development. It may also be advantageous for those who have completed a Bachelor of Science degree in an agricultural discipline and who desire to complete the requirements for a teaching certificate and a master's degree simultaneously. Professional agriculturalists of numerous occupations may find the degree appealing because of the flexibility of taking courses in one or more disciplines that best meet the needs of the agricultural professional. The major objective is to increase the professional competence of teachers of agriculture, extension agents, and others pursuing professional agricultural careers. This degree is offered both on campus and online.

Master of Science Degree in Agricultural and Consumer Resources

Required Courses
ACRS 5385Intro Seminar Agri & Con Res3
ACRS 5398Philo, Interp, Appl, of Res3
Total Hours6
Additional Required Courses for Concentrations
Agribusiness
Students must choose a Thesis or Non-Thesis Option:6
Thesis
Non-Thesis: 6 additional hours of graduate AGEC coursework
AGEC 5399Agricultural and Consumer Resources Capstone 3
Choose 9 hours of AGEC courses9
Select 12 hours from the following:12
Leadrshp for Agri & Consum Res
Info Systems to ACR
Adm & Supv of Career & Tech Ed
Ethical/Env Iss Agri & Con Res
Prof Dev Agri & Consum Res
Prg& Pers Coop TX Agri Ext Ser
Int'l Prog Ag & Cons Resour Ed
Teaching Agriculture at the Postsecondary Level
Methods of Tech Change
Advanced Electronic Field Production for Agricultural Communications
Total Hours30
Professional
Students must choose a Thesis or Non-Thesis Option:6
Thesis
Non-Thesis: 6 additional hours of graduate coursework
ACRS 5399Agricultural and Consumer Resources Capstone3
Select 12 hours from the following:12
Leadrshp for Agri & Consum Res
Info Systems to ACR
Adm & Supv of Career & Tech Ed
Ethical/Env Iss Agri & Con Res
Prof Dev Agri & Consum Res
Prg& Pers Coop TX Agri Ext Ser
Int'l Prog Ag & Cons Resour Ed
Teaching Agriculture at the Postsecondary Level
Methods of Tech Change
Advanced Electronic Field Production for Agricultural Communications
Electives9
Total Hours30
Educator Certification
ACRS 5306Instruction in Agricultural Mechanics3
ACRS 5307Agricultural Education Programs3
ACRS 5350Advanced Animal Related Systems3
ACRS 5310Programmatic Leadership Development3
ACRS 5316Prog Bldg in Career/Tech Ed3
Electives15
Total Hours30

Non-thesis option students are required to complete a major project related to the agricultural and consumer resources area. The major project will be selected in cooperation with the committee chair and carried out with the approval of the remaining committee members.

Research Requirement. ACRS 5398 Philo, Interp, Appl, of Res is required of all candidates for the master's degree. A student may also take as many as 6 credit hours of ACRS 5086 Problems with approval of advisor.

Comprehensive Examination General Policies. An on-campus oral presentation of the major project will be included during the oral examination process for non-thesis graduate students. A failed examination may be rescheduled with approval of committee.

Thesis Option

The typical curriculum for the thesis degree program involves an original research project under the direction of a graduate faculty member and the preparation of a thesis in addition to prescribed course work. The degree may have a major advantage for students who plan further graduate study at the PhD level. Generally, students complete 18-21 hours of courses in agricultural education in addition to supporting course work for a total of 36 hours.

Research Requirement. ACRS 5398 Philo, Interp, Appl, of Res, ACRS 5399 Agricultural and Consumer Resources Capstone, and 6 hours credit of ACRS 5088 Thesis are required of all candidates.

Comprehensive Examination: Upon completion of the thesis, a final oral examination is scheduled with the advisory committee. Major emphasis will be directed toward defense of the thesis, although the examination will also include course work materials.

The oral examination may be attempted once per regular semester or summer. If the oral examination performance is not acceptable on first attempt, the specific area(s) of weakness will be identified to the candidate so that corrective action (additional review or required course work) may be taken before the next attempt.

Courses

ACRS 5085. Intro Seminar Agri & Con Res. 1-3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Group study and discussion of current developments in graduate education related to agricultural and consumer resources. Special emphasis given to development and maintenance of professional relationships and responsibilities in conducting a graduate education experience. Prerequisite: Graduate classification.

ACRS 5086. Problems. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 0 Hours, Lab: 1-6 Hours).

Studies related to agricultural education, extension, service and development, international programs, and policies affecting agriculture. Prerequisite: Approval of the instructor.

ACRS 5088. Thesis. 1-6 Credit Hours (Lecture: 1-6 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Scheduled when student is ready to begin the thesis. No credit until thesis is accepted. Prerequisite: Approved research methodology course and consent of major professor.

ACRS 5302. Leadrshp for Agri & Consum Res. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Study and application of leadership theories and styles related to functioning in agricultural and consumer resources leadership positions.

ACRS 5306. Instruction in Agricultural Mechanics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Field based applications and methods of teaching agricultural mechanics. This course will emphasize the organization, management, service, and use of equipment in the instruction of agricultural mechanics. Students will also apply research methodology specific to appropriate topics.

ACRS 5307. Agricultural Education Programs. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

A study of the secondary school agricultural education program. Topics include pre-employment, work-based learning, advisory committees, supervised agricultural experience programs, student leadership through FFA, and new program development. Students will also apply research methodology specific to appropriate topics.

ACRS 5310. Programmatic Leadership Development. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Field-based experiences designed to develop leadership ability for teaching, entrepreneurship, and conducting adult and youth organizations. Includes systems of record keeping. Students will also apply research methodology specific to appropriate topics.

ACRS 5311. Info Systems to ACR. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Analysis of information systems used in agricultural services and development. A study of the flow of information in and among various components of the agri-education/industry/business sectors.

ACRS 5313. Adm & Supv of Career & Tech Ed. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Theories and procedures applicable to the organization, administration, financing, and supervision of career and vocational-technical education in public and post-secondary schools. Prerequisites: Professional experience or approval of the instructor.

ACRS 5316. Prog Bldg in Career/Tech Ed. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Organization of educational programs in agriculture and family and consumer sciences on local, state, national and international levels. Prerequisite: Professional experience or approval of the instructor.

ACRS 5318. Ethical/Env Iss Agri & Con Res. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Ethical and environmental issues affecting public policy as related to agricultural and consumer resources areas, such as agricultural education, family and consumer sciences' education, AgriLife extension education, agricultural business and industry. Credit for both ANSC 5318 and A ED 518 will not be awarded. Prerequisite: Approval of instructor.

ACRS 5319. Prof Dev Agri & Consum Res. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Selected programs in agricultural education, AgriLife extension, service, development, international, or family & consumer sciences programs. Also will serve as state certifying course for cooperative part-time teacher preparation as topic justifies. Prerequisite: Professional experience or apporval of instructor. May be repeated for credit.

ACRS 5320. Prg& Pers Coop TX Agri Ext Ser. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Enabling legislation, program areas, teaching methods used, staffing patterns, funding, and program administration of the Cooperative Extension Service. Special emphasis on entry-level positions and responsibilities of each.

ACRS 5321. Int'l Prog Ag & Cons Resour Ed. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The function of international agencies, organizations, foundations, religious groups, and education concerning the improvement of the quality of life for peoples in developing nations through improved, sustained agricultural production and consumer resources understanding and application. Prerequisite: Admission to College of Graduate Studies.

ACRS 5330. Teaching Agriculture at the Postsecondary Level. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Methods and techniques of teaching agricultural subjects at the college/university level. Topics include course preparation, presentation, evaluation and post-secondary educational philosophy.

ACRS 5331. Professional Communication. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Advanced discussion of techniques for communicating technical information to diverse audiences. Topics covered will include written and oral communication, using numerous formats. Prerequisite: Graduate standing.

ACRS 5340. Methods of Tech Change. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Methods of planning and implementing change in agricultural and consumer resources techniques and practices. Special emphasis on the role of the agricultural and family and consumer sciences' change agents and the effects of change on society and the economy. Prerequisite: Approval of the instructor.

ACRS 5350. Advanced Animal Related Systems. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Specialized feeding, training, and fitting livestock for utilization in the approved agricultural education program. Topics include identifying, selection, and evaluating all aspects of the livestock and stock-show industries. Students will also apply research methodology specific to appropriate topics.

ACRS 5360. Advanced Electronic Field Production for Agricultural Communications. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 2 Hours, Lab: 2 Hours).

This course provides advanced experience in agricultural television field production and electronic news gathering. Students will master video production skills such as script writing, storyboarding, camera operation, and video editing in an agricultural setting. Students will act as executive producers working with undergraduates enrolled in ACOM 4350.

ACRS 5380. Agriculture and Food Policy. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

The study of agriculture and food policy at the state and national levels. Topics include a history of the legislative process, current agricultural issues, and the place of agriculture in the American political system. Graduate students will work in extracurricular policy and commodity groups. Prerequisite: Graduate status.

ACRS 5390. Advanced Topics. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Selected topics in agricultural education offered as needed and dependent upon departmental, faculty, and student interest. May be repeated as topics vary.

ACRS 5398. Philo, Interp, Appl, of Res. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Studies designed to acquaint students in agricultural research techniques and demonstration related to the classroom, laboratories, work experience, and extension and adult education activities in agricultural programs. Basic concepts concerning interpretation and analysis of research data.

ACRS 5399. Agricultural and Consumer Resources Capstone. 3 Credit Hours (Lecture: 3 Hours, Lab: 0 Hours).

Supervised professional activities in agricultural and consumer resources education/clinical teaching/AgriLife extension/industry/business settings. Emphasis is placed on the student's involvement in successful practices in the area of professional interest. Experience may be on the local, state, national, or international level. May be repeated once for credit. Prerequisite: graduate standing.

Dr. Wayne Atchley
Department of Agriculture and Consumer Sciences
Joe W. Autry Agriculture Building, Room 105
Box T-0040
Stephenville, Texas 76402
(254) 968-9601
watchley@tarleton.edu
http://www.tarleton.edu/COAHSWEB/agservices/graduate.html