Minor Requirements — Communication

The Department of Communication offers five minors in the field of communication that students can combine with majors offered by our department (communication or media studies) or majors from other departments (e.g., marketing, art, English, etc.)

Minor in Speech Communication:  20 semester hours 

Speech communication is a very flexible and adaptable minor that works well in combination with majors such as theatre, English, history, political science, business and education. 

To receive a minor in speech communication, a student must complete 20 semester hours of the following courses:  

Required Courses: 

  • COM1550 Professional Communication (4)  
  • COM2250 Human Relationships & Interactions (4)  
  • COM3200 Persuasion & Consumer Culture (4)  

Elective Courses* (select two): 

  • COM3000 Navigating Organizations (4) 
  • COM3500 Intercultural Communication (4) 
  • COM3810 Special Topics in Communication (4) 
  • COM4100 Communication Research (4) 
  • COM4940 Communication Internship (4)** 
  • THE1200 Introduction to Theatre (4) 
  • THE1300 Acting I (4) 

*Communication or media studies majors must select two unique electives not already used to fulfill the requirements of the major or another minor.

**To be eligible for the minor, this course requires approval of course/internship content as relevant to minor.

Minor in Strategic Communication:  Public Relations and Advertising  20 semester hours 

A minor in strategic communication: public relations and advertising offers an integrated approach to traditionally separate programs in public relations and advertising. Students complete this minor balancing theory and practice to create and deliver messages targeted to a wide array of audiences: media, employees, customers, legislators, investors and the community. This program serves well as a complement to degrees in English, political science, psychology, history, business and marketing. The minor helps to prepare students for careers in public relations, advertising or corporate communications.  

Required Courses: 

  • COM2240 Public Relations (4) or COM2250 Advertising (4)
  • COM3245 Strategic Writing and Production (4)
  • COM4240 Strategic Campaigns (4) 

Elective Courses*(select two): 

  • BUS3280 Organizational Behavior (4)
  • COM3000 Navigating Organizations (4)
  • COM3810 Special Topics in Communication (4)** 
  • COM4100 Communication Research (4)
  • COM4940 Communication Internship (4)** 
  • MKT3350 Consumer Behavior (4) 
  • MKT3370 Integrated Marketing Communication (4) 
  • MKT3610 Internet Marketing (4) 
  • MKT4610 Social Media Marketing (4) 

*Communication or media studies majors must select two unique electives not already used to fulfill the requirements of the major or another minor. 

**To be eligible for the minor, this course requires approval of course/internship content as relevant to minor.

Minor in Graphic Design  20 semester hours 

A minor in graphic design will supplement majors from art, computer science, business, marketing and other fields. The minor in graphic design provides the necessary skill set needed in visual communication and the tools to contribute and work with information/marketing campaigns and creative professionals. A graphic design minor will have advantages and opportunities, including strategic planning and full involvement in the creative process and opportunities. Interdisciplinary courses in communication and art will help students develop exceptional skills and the ability to verbalize creative ideas on a variety of platforms.

Required Courses: 

  • COM2850 Visual Communication (4) 
  • COM3250 Digital Design (4) 
  • COM3350 Interactive Media (4)  

Elective Courses* (select two): 

  • ART1210 Two Dimensional Design (4) 
  • ART2670 Photography I (4) 
  • COM3710 Screenwriting & Cinema Production (4) 
  • COM3810 Special Topics in Communication (4)** 
  • COM4940 Communication Internship (4)**  

*Communication or media studies majors must select two unique electives not already used to fulfill the requirements of the major or another minor.

**To be eligible for the minor, this course requires approval of course/internship content as relevant to minor. 

Minor in Multimedia Journalism  20 semester hours 

The minor in multimedia journalism gives students a solid foundation for succeeding in the field of journalism or broadcast media. The minor produces graduates who are multifaceted in their skills and prepared for entry-level positions with media outlets. It also offers expertise to students who plan to pursue careers in other disciplines that intersect with the media, such as English, history, political science and business.  Students will need to successfully compete at least 20 semester hours in the minor.

Required Courses: 

  • COM2200 Writing for Communication (4) 
  • COM2850 Visual Communication (4) 
  • COM3140 Multimedia Journalism (4)  

Elective Courses* (select two): 

  • COM3250 Digital Design (4) 
  • COM3350 Interactive Media (4) 
  • COM3700 Broadcast Media Production (4) 
  • COM3810 Special Topics in Communication (4)** 
  • COM4940 Communication Internship**
  • ENG2060 Introduction to Creative Writing (4)  

*Communication or media studies majors must select two unique electives not already used to fulfill the requirements of the major or another minor.

**To be eligible for the minor, this course requires approval of course/internship content as relevant to minor.  

Minor in Film Studies 20 semester hours 

The minor in film studies allows students the opportunity to select a program of study that examines the many facets of American and international film. The nature of the program allows students to select courses that emphasize media productions and those in which they experience different approaches to film study, including film aesthetics, film theory, film genres, film and cultural difference, film history, and basic film vocabulary. Students will need to successfully compete at least 20 semester hours in the minor.  

Required Courses (12 semester hours) 

  • COM2300 The Art of Film (4) 
  • COM3410 Survey of European Film (4) 
  • COM3420 Survey of Non-Western Film (4)  
Elective Courses* (8 semester hours at a minimum) 
  • COM2850 Visual Communication (4)
  • COM3310 Media Criticism (4) 
  • COM3710 Screenwriting and Cinema Production (4) 
  • COM3810 Special Topics in Communication (4)** 
  • COM4100 Research Design and Analysis (4)
  • COM4940 Communication Internship (4)**
  • SPN3450 Spanish Language Films (4)  

*Communication or media studies majors must select two unique electives not already used to fulfill the requirements of the major or another minor.

**To be eligible for the minor, this course requires approval of course/internship content as relevant to minor.