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Communication Arts and Sciences

Minor Requirements

Communication Minor

All Communication minors, after completing the required Public Communication course, choose a concentration in interpersonal, organizational, or mass communication by starting with the introductory courses relating to their chosen concentration.

The minor in Communication requires completing a minimum of 18 credits in the minor and a minimum of five (5) courses, as specified below:

  • COM 1020 Public Communication
  • One (1) of the following introductory course for your chosen concentration::
    • COM 2201 Introduction to Interpersonal Communication, or
    • COM 2301 Introduction to Organizational Communication, or
    • COM 2401 Introduction to Mass Communication
  • Two (2) additional COM courses in your chosen concentration
  • One (1) additional COM elective at the 3000-level or above

Interpersonal Communication focuses on how verbal and nonverbal communication shapes and is shaped by human relationships, including friendships, romances, families, and work relationships.  It concentrates on “people skills” required for success in any endeavor.  Students gain the understanding and skills for listening, relating to and managing people, leading and influencing others, and presenting themselves effectively.  In addition, students explore issues such as deception, attraction, identity, and gender.

Organizational Communication focuses on how members of organizations and society achieve their collective goals through the ongoing, mutual exchange of verbal and nonverbal messages.  It explores issues of leadership, decision-making, conflict, collaboration, identity, and technology in the public, private, and state sectors.  Many upper level classes place students in work settings to gain an understanding of the roles of communication in organizational processes and to enable students to develop a practical set of skills.

Mass Communication focuses on the exchange of mediated messages that are filtered through some form of technology.  It includes various channels of mass communication (TV, radio, film, newspapers, popular music, public relations, advertising, and the World Wide Web) and machine-assisted interpersonal communication (social networking websites, blogs, wikis, text messaging, and e-mail).  Students explore theories, processes, and effects of mass communication as well as applied production of mediated messages.