A minor in communication is an excellent choice for any non-comprehensive or comprehensive major. Because you can choose which communication courses to take, you can tailor them to fit your professional needs.

By choosing to minor in communication, you can strengthen your college experience in the following ways:

  • Develop strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Develop excellent interpersonal skills
  • Explore specializations beyond your professional field
  • Select electives to support internships in areas of interest
  • Obtain experience through part-time employment, co-ops, internships and/or volunteer opportunities
  • Develop team player skills and team experiences

Minor requirements

The communication minor is at least a 15-hour program.

  • The only required course you must take is COM 209: Survey of Communication Theory.
  • You may then add 12 hours of elective communication courses, of which six hours must be from courses numbered 300 or higher.

Contact our department to make an appointment with a faculty member to receive advisement for this minor.

Suggested electives

In choosing your elective hours, we have the following recommendations:

  • If you have any health professions major, take COM 206, 507 and 508.
  • If you have a business major, take COM 332, 336, 436 and 512.
  • If you have a major in political science, international affairs or global studies, take COM 360, 436, 511, 521 and 550.
  • If you have a media, journalism or English major, take COM 309, 315, 379, 436 and 509.
  • If you have a psychology or sociology major, take COM 205, 206, 325, 326 and 506.

Review communication courses


Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science
  1. COM 209(3).
  2. 12 hours of COM elective courses (six hours of which must be chosen from courses numbered 300 or higher) to bring total to at least 15 hours. COM 115 or transfer equivalent cannot be used to satisfy the 12 hours of COM electives in this minor.

Students majoring in Communication Studies cannot complete a minor administered within the Department of Communication, Media, Journalism and Film.

Courses counted toward this minor cannot be counted toward a major in Public Relations.

Although a minor is not required for the Speech and Theatre Education major, students may select the Ethical Leadership minor in the Department of Communication, Media, Journalism and Film as an optional minor.