Communication Studies Minor
School of Communication and Media
Program Coordinator: Todd Kelshaw
You love working with people and can’t imagine a career without interpersonal connection. The Communication Studies Minor is a valuable complement to any Major for students pursuing an undergraduate degree.
The Communication Studies Minor provides an overview of communication as a discipline with the intent of preparing students to become well-rounded, effective communicators. Students explore concepts and practice skills pertaining to public presentation, listening, persuasion, relationship-building, nonverbal communication, group dynamics, visual messaging and various forms of mediated interaction. The goal of the program is to help students develop and hone abilities that will allow them to succeed in any type of professional setting.
The Communication Studies Minor curriculum is comprised of 18 credits (3 cr. per course) including common-core requirements and a choice of two electives. The program begins with a four-course sequence through which you will explore:
- the history, key figures and issues in Communication Studies;
- human communication theories applicable to relational, professional and cultural situations;
- development of listening skills; and
- basic theory and practice of interpersonal communication.
Following this sequence you will choose among courses which focus on speech improvement, the role of media in society, principles of public relations and intercultural communication, along with the function of communication and group process in organizational settings.
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