Employers consistently rank communication skills among the most important qualities they look for in potential employees. Communication specialists are uniquely able to analyze and understand the work of communication in the world and design the kinds of processes that generate satisfying, effective, just and sustainable futures in relationships, organizations and communities.

A minor in communication teaches students how to design innovative messages, build quality personal and professional relationships, foster critical thinking skills, and prepares students to thrive in a variety of professions.


Students pursuing the minor must complete a minimum of 18 credit hours of coursework in communication, at least 9 of which must be upper division (3000 level or higher). Only courses with grades of C- or better count toward the minor, and the overall minor GPA must be 2.000 (a C- is 1.700). They may apply no more than 6 credit hours of transfer work, including 3 credit hours of upper-division credit. Independent study and internship hours will not count toward the COMM minor requirements.

Required Courses and Credits

COMM 1210Perspectives on Human Communication3
COMM 1300Public Speaking3
or COMM 1600 Group Interaction
One 2000-level course3
Three upper-division courses (3000 level or higher)9
Total Credit Hours18

Students who wish to minor in communication should meet with a department advisor, where they will be advised of any changes in this list of requirements.