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Department of Communication and Theatre


Communication Minors

A minor in communication may be taken by students who have majors in other disciplines. Courses in communication are excellent preparation for students in industry, public relations, management, media, counseling, law, and other professions that are heavily dependent upon good communication skills. Students whose academic major falls within the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will normally take the minor with the liberal arts option; those whose academic major falls outside the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences will normally take the minor with the business option. Either minor is an appropriate choice for students whose academic program requires a minor as well as for students who are required to have a second program of study under the degree Bachelor of Arts.

Liberal Arts Option (21 hours)

Required Courses (9 hours):

SP 100 Interpersonal Communication (3 hours) OR SP 101 Public Speaking (3 hours) (whichever is not used to meet the General Education Basic Skill requirement)
SP 306 Advanced lnterpersonal Communication (3 hours)
SP 307 Advanced Public Speaking (3 hours)

Electives (12 hours):

Students select in consultation with an advisor in communication an additional twelve (12) hours of courses in communication to complete the minor. No more than three (3) hours total from the following courses may apply toward the minor:

  • Intercollegiate Forensics (SP 142, 242, 342, and 442)
  • Communication Internship (SP 570 and SP 571) and
  • Independent Study (SP 471).

Business Option (21 hours)

Required Courses (15 hours):

SP 100 Interpersonal Communication (3 hours) OR SP 101 Public Speaking (3 hours) (whichever is not used to meet the General Education Basic Skill requirement)
SP 303 Organizational Communication (3 hours)
SP 307 Advanced Public Speaking (3 hours)
SP 313 Interviewing: Principles & Techniques (3 hours)
SP 403 Communication Training & Development (3 hours)

Electives (6 hours):

Students select in consultation with an advisor in communication an additional six (6) hours of courses in communication to complete the minor. No more than three (3) hours total from the following courses may apply toward the minor:

  • Intercollegiate Forensics (SP 142, 242, 342, and 442)
  • Communication Internship (SP 570 and SP 571) and
  • Independent Study (SP 471).