Communication is essential in our lives. Employers consistently rank communication skills among the most important qualities they look for in potential employees. Relationships of all sorts are built upon communication. And change at the personal, local, and societal scales is advanced through advocacy and other forms of purposeful communication.

A minor in Communication allows you to explore how communication shapes everything we do in society. Your classes will introduce you to theories that allow you to understand how communication creates the worlds we live in. They will provide you the tools to analyze and potentially change real-world processes and problems. And they will offer you the chance to develop practical skills to apply in your professional, personal, and civic life.  In the process, you will get a broad exposure to the study of communication as it occurs in interpersonal, group, organizational, and public settings.

The minor is a flexible program that allows you to pursue your own individual interests. It consists of 6 classes (18 hours) that may count for credit in either the College of Arts and Sciences or the College of Media, Communication and Information (CMCI). Requirements for the minor consist of:

  • A broad-based introduction: COMM 1210 Perspectives on Human Communication—3 credit hours
    • Choose one practical, skills-related course:
      • either COMM 1300 Public Speaking—3 credit hours 
      • or COMM 1600 Group Interaction—3 credit hours
  • One 2000-level course of your choosing—3 credit hours
  • Three upper-division (3000- or 4000-level) courses of your choosing—9 credit hours (total)

You must complete all classes with a grade of C- or better and maintain an overall GPA of 2.0 in the minor. No more than 6 credit hours of transfer work may be applied to the minor, including 3 hours of upper-division credit.

Education Abroad courses can also count toward your minor.