Minor in Communication

In addition to our thriving undergraduate major, many students find that Communication makes an excellent minor field of study.

Minor for Arts and Sciences Students

For those students currently enrolled in the College of Arts & Sciences, minoring in Communication is very easy to fit in with most programs of study. Students within the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences can minor in Communication by taking five courses:

  • COM 1000 - Surv of Communication Studies 
  • At least one COM 2000-level course (serves as a prerequisite for COM 3000-level courses)
  • Any three other courses in Communication (one of which must be at the 3000-level, and one which could be a three-credit internship focused on Communication)

This means that, after taking our introductory course, you are invited to take a look at all of our course offerings, all of our specializations, and design a minor that fits the specific interest that you have in the field of Communication. You might even choose to focus your minor in one of our eight specializations, which would let you develop some depth in one area of our field. Please note, if you are interested in a specilizated minor in Media Studies, Media Production or Journalism, you may be required to take COM 1300 - Film Analysis (this course can also count as a CLAS fine arts requirement).

For any student studying abroad, only one courses may be transferred to count towards the COM minor.

If you have questions about a Communication minor, or want to learn more about our specializations, please contact us.


Minor for Business Students

Business Communication Minor

We have designed a program for students enrolled in the School of Business—the Business Communication Minor. This program of study will help give you the foundation in some areas of Communication most relevant to the careers you will pursue after graduation (specifically, Organizational CommunicationInterpersonal Communication and Public Relations).

In order to qualify for this special program, students must have an overall GPA of 2.75 or higher and complete COM 1000 with a grade of C or higher.

The Business Communication Minor requires a total of five courses:

  • COM 1000 - Surv of Communication Studies 
  • COM 2440 - Theories of Organizational Com
    Note: this course is a prerequisite for the 3000-level courses in the minor, and must be taken prior to enrolling in these courses.
  • And three other courses from the following list (please note that course availability will vary by semester):
    • COM 1101 - Business & Prof Communication 
    • COM 3403 - Intercultural Communication
    • COM 3404 - Communication & Conflict 
    • COM 3406 - Gender & Communication
    • COM 3442 - Teambuilding & Small Group Com 
    • COM 3460 - Public Relations 
    • COM 3440 - Leadership
    • COM 3441 - Negotiation and Dialogue
    • COM 3444 - Interviewing 
    • COM 3445 - COM Consulting in Organization 
    • COM 3447 - Globalization, Work, & Organization

Please note: courses not on this list will only count toward the minor in exceptional circumstances and require the Department Chair’s written permission.

Applications for both COM minors can be obtained in the Communication Department office, Garey Hall, room 28. If you have other questions about the Business COM minor, want to learn more about these courses, or have a proposal for an alternate plan of study, please contact us.


Minor for Nursing and Engineering Students

Students from the Colleges of Engineering or Nursing should contact the Communication Department, to learn about minors that will complement their programs of study.