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Minor in Communication

Minor courses of study are academic programs designed to satisfy students’ personal interest and to meet their professional needs. Students explore, in some depth, the offerings in a field of study. 

The Minor in Communication equips students with essential skills in effective written and visual communication, verbal and nonverbal communication, as well as ethical and societal dimensions of communication, increasing versatility and preparation for success in diverse professional environments. Objectives include providing students with a strong foundation in the basic concepts of communication in today’s technology-centric world, gaining hands-on experience with news writing and reporting and public relations essentials, exploring new media communication and visual design, and evaluating the laws, ethics, cultural, and societal aspects of mass communication.

A minor course of study provides the student with significant experience in a discipline organized around skills, methodology, and subject matter. To gain the greatest value from their academic experience, students are encouraged to select minors that complement their degree program and/or other minors that they are pursuing.

The student becomes subject to the requirements of the minor as stated in the catalog that are in effect at the time the minor is declared. The department/program chair responsible for a particular minor determines how students fulfill deficits in credits for a minor and certifies that students are qualified to receive the minor.

Not open to BS in Communication students.

ENGL 221Technical Report Writing3
or ENGL 222 Business Communication
COMD 265Introduction to Newswriting and Reporting3
Take three courses (9 credit hours) from the following options:9
COMD 230Digital Photography3
COMD 260Introduction to Media3
COMD 320Mass Communication Law and Ethics3
COMD 360Public Relations3
COMD 362Communication and Organizational Culture3
COMD 363Communication and Society3
COMD 364Visual Design3
COMD 415Nonverbal Communication3
Total Credits15