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Communication Minor

A minor in communication will supplement your major or professional degree by providing interdisciplinary perspectives to understand and interact with people and society. Your minor advisor will guide you to select courses that form a common intellectual bond among your areas of interest.

Transferrable skills emphasized in this department include critical thinking, problem solving, communication, teamwork, and research with human subjects.

All minors require a prerequisite introductory course, a course (or sequence) in research design and methods, four elective courses, and a capstone experience.

Coursework & Duration


Course Number Course Name Credit
CO 101 Introduction to Communication 3 credits

Elective Coursework

12 credits.  e.g.:

Course Number Course Name Credit
CO 204 Public Speaking 3 credits
CO 320 Relational Communication 3 credits
CO 700
Health Communication and Education 3 credits
CO 711
Health Literacy 3 credits 
CO 720 Behavior Change Communication 3 credits 
CO 730
Health Care Communication 3 credits
CO 740 Social Media for Health 3 credits

A one course in research methods, such as:

Course Number Course Name Credit
OT 650 Applied Research Methods 3 credits
SS 221/SS 222* Research Design & Statistical Analysis I and II 4 credits each
SS 400 Qualitative Methods in Social Science 3 credits
*SS221/222 requires both courses in sequence. May be substituted for Capstone experience below.

Capstone Experience

Choose one:

Course Number Course Name Credit
CO 399
Independent Study  3 credits
CO 498
Directed Research  3 credits

Requirements & Expectations

  • Minors must be declared by drop/add of the first semester of the last didactic year (U4 or P3)
  • A maximum of 6 credits may overlap with your major or another minor (e.g., ST 310 Biostatistics)
  • A maximum of 6 credits (with grade C or better) may be taken at another institution, with prior approval from the department chair.
  • Cumulative minor GPA of 2.0 is required to graduate with minor.


Pamela Poe, PhD


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