Minor in Communication Studies

The Communication Studies minor is an excellent option for students who want to complement a variety of majors. The minor offers coursework in public speaking, analytical writing, professional communication, as well as focused courses on public advocacy, intercultural communication, and leadership. The minor attracts students majoring in business, health professions, english, cultural studies, women's and gender studies, among others, and is especially well-suited for students wanting to pursue graduate or law school.

The Communication Studies minor requires 27 total units: completion of 18 units of required courses and 9 additional units of COMM electives. At least 9 units must be upper level courses (300-400 level). The department will accept up to 9 units of compatible transfer courses toward the minor.

Required Courses (9 units)
COMM 131PUBLIC SPEAKING3
COMM 201INTRODUCTION TO COMMUNICATION STUDIES3
COMM 300RESEARCH METHODS3
Public Discourse & Advocacy Course, Choose from the following:3
ADV PUBL SPEAKNG
PERSUASION
RHETORICAL THEORY & CRITICISM
ADVOCACY & ARGUMENT
COMMUNICATION AND SOCIAL PROTEST
VISUAL COMMUNICATION
COMMUNICATION AND POLITICS
COMMUNICATION LAW
TOPICS IN PUBLIC DISCOURSE AND ADVOCACY
Identity & Culture Course, Choose from the following:3
INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
INTRODUCTION TO PERFORMANCE STUDIES
SEXUAL COMMUNICATION
COMMUNICATION AND POPULAR CULTURE
AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNICATION
COMMUNICATION AND GENDER
TOPICS IN IDENTITY AND CULTURE
INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION
Leadership & Organizational Communication Course, Choose from the following:3
NONVERBAL COMM
BUSIN & PROF COMM
LEADERSHIP COMMUNICATION
COMMUNICATION TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT
ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION
CONFERENCE PLANNING AND MANAGEMENT
TOPICS IN LEADERSHIP AND ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION
Minor Electives: Choose additional units from COMM courses listed above9
Total Units27

Minor Graduation Requirements

All minor requirements must be completed with a grade equivalent of 2.00 or higher. The Pass grading option is not available for courses applicable toward the minor.